A police officer calls a motorcycle to a halt at a checkpoint on a road near the police headquarters of the city of Kairouan May 18, 2013. Tunisia's government on Friday barred Ansar al-Sharia from staging a weekend rally in the central city of Kairouan.
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.