Since the ousting of the Ben Ali regime in 2011, Tunisians have enjoyed greater freedom of expression, assembly, and association, including the freedom to form political parties. However, several factors hampered the consolidation of rights’ protections. These included the retention of the former regime’s repressive legal arsenal and attempts by the executive branch to control media and prosecute speech offenses. Judicial authorities prosecuted many journalists, bloggers, artists, and intellectuals on account of their peaceful exercise of freedom of expression using penal code provisions criminalizing “defamation,” “offenses against state agents,” and “harming public order,” all of which can result in prison terms.
In January 2014, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document.
Offense of “Insulting the Police” Used as a Retaliation Against Citizens...Read more
Years after UNHCR shut down Choucha refugee camp, dozens of people continue to struggle for survival in decrepit tents....Read more
Overcrowding due to high numbers of ‘preventive detention’...Read more
The findings, officially termed “concluding observations”, contain positive aspects...Read more
The steps taken by Tunisia to protect the rights of individuals detained in its jails is commendable and should be emulated by other countries...Read more
Tunisian authorities must avoid responding violently to the November 24 attack on the presidential guard bus...Read more
Warning that detaining individuals for exercising freedom of expression is a flagrant violation of human rights, Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights is calling on Tunisian authorities to immediately release Yassine Ayari, 33, activist and blogger. ...Read more
Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights is calling on Tunisian presidential candidate, Baji Qa’ed Al-Sebsi to cease his attempts to sow division, and on the populace to renounce hatemongering....Read more