• Dec 4, 2014
    Press release
    A Tunisian police union leader accused of defaming the army has been sentenced to two years in prison. The military first instance tribunal in Tunis imposed the sentence on Sahbi Jouini on November 18, 2014, after conducting an in-absentia trial without notifying him in advance.
  • Oct 13, 2014
    Press release
    – Tunisian authorities should conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the death of a man on October 3, 2014 who was allegedly tortured and abused during his arrest. Relatives of Mohamed Ali Snoussi who viewed his body told Human Rights Watch that he had injuries on the back of his head and bruising on his back, arms, and legs. Human Rights Watch viewed photographs showing the injuries.
  • Sep 30, 2014
    Press release
    Political parties and candidates competing in Tunisia’s October 26, 2014, parliamentary elections should describe how they will promote human rights and legal and other reforms if elected.
  • Sep 3, 2014
    Press release
    Tunisian authorities should conduct a thorough, independent investigation into the fatal shooting by police of two young women on August 23, 2014. Any officers found to have used lethal fire unlawfully should be held accountable.
  • Aug 12, 2014
    Press release
    The Tunisian government’s suspension of more than 150 organizations across the country for alleged links to terrorism was disproportionate and arbitrary. On July 22, 2014, a government spokesperson said the authorities had issued suspension notices to 157 associations. The government has also closed two radio stations, on similar grounds.
  • Jul 8, 2014
    Press release
    The Tunisian government should reinstate judges summarily dismissed by the previous justice minister on May 28, 2012. An administrative court has ruled on 30 of the 75 cases since December 2013, ordering their reinstatement, but the government has not acted.
  • Jul 6, 2014
    Press release
    Tunisian legislators should revise the draft counterterrorism law to make it fully consistent with international human rights standards on fair trial, privacy, and freedom of expression. The new law will replace a 2003 law used for years to quash dissent by curtailing free expression, association and assembly. Human Rights Watch issued a report on July 7, 2014, that analyzes the law in detail and contains recommendations for revisions.
  • Jun 25, 2014
    Press release
    The Tunisian authorities should promptly investigate allegations that Tunisian combatants have committed war crimes in Iraq and Syria. On June 13, 2014, a man calling himself Abu Hamza al-Mouhamadi, and identifying himself as Tunisian, posted on his now-closed Facebook page three videos and associated photographs apparently showing his role in the abuse and ultimate execution of five detained Iraqi border guards.
  • May 22, 2014
    Press release
    Tunisian authorities should ensure that the specialized chambers established by the new transitional justice law are truly independent and meet minimum international fair trial standards. The specialized chambers will hear cases of serious human rights abuses, including during the presidency of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
  • Apr 30, 2014
    Press release
    Tunisia has officially lifted key reservations to the international women’s treaty, an important step toward realizing gender equality, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunisian government should next ensure that all domestic laws conform to international standards and eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.
  • Feb 6, 2014
    Press release
    Tunisian authorities should mark the celebration of the country’s new constitution on February 7, 2014, by immediately quashing the sentences of anyone convicted under laws that violate human rights. One of these is Jaber Mejri, a blogger imprisoned since 2012 for publishing caricatures deemed insulting to Islam. Many foreign heads of state and officials, including the President François Hollande of France, will attend the ceremony.
  • Feb 1, 2014
    Press release
    The adoption of Tunisia’s new constitution should set in motion a wide-ranging overhaul of laws and public institutions, Al Bawsala, Amnesty International. The constitution, which guarantees many fundamental rights and freedoms, should be implemented in a way that will provide the highest degree of protection of Tunisians’ human rights.
  • Jan 13, 2014
    Press release
    As Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) is discussing the chapter on the judicial powers in a new constitution, Al Bawsala, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and The Carter Center urge members to strengthen guarantees for judicial independence.
  • Jan 3, 2014
    Press release
    Tunisia should bring its nearly completed draft constitution in line with international human rights standards and the country’s obligations under international law, four human rights organizations said today. The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) will begin voting on the constitution article by article on January 3, 2014.