• Since ousting its autocratic president in January 2011, Tunisia has opened political space and held relatively free and fair elections. It advanced human rights by adopting a pluralist election law, joining the International Criminal Court and removing almost all its reservations on accepting international standards on women’s rights. It has freed media outlets from draconian restrictions and allowed people to create and join political parties and to demonstrate peacefully. However, surviving repressive provisions in the press and penal codes are still used at times in political trials and reforms to create an independent judiciary are moving too slowly.

  • People surround an ambulance carrying the bodies of the victims of an attack by gunmen on Tunisia's national museum in Tunis on March 18, 2015.
    The despicable attack in the Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 18, 2015, killing at least 22 foreign tourists and Tunisians, will test efforts by the Tunisian authorities to build a rights-respecting society, Human Rights Watch said today. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the assault at the museum, much visited by tourists because of its rich archaeological collection.

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  • Mar 27, 2015
  • Mar 18, 2015
    The despicable attack in the Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 18, 2015, killing at least 22 foreign tourists and Tunisians, will test efforts by the Tunisian authorities to build a rights-respecting society, Human Rights Watch said today. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the assault at the museum, much visited by tourists because of its rich archaeological collection.
  • Mar 3, 2015
  • Jan 12, 2015
    Tunisian efforts to ensure accountability for unlawful killings committed during the uprising four years ago were blighted by legal and investigative problems and failed to deliver justice for the victims.
  • Jan 6, 2015

    A Tunisian blogger has been imprisoned after the Tunis military court sentenced him to a three-year term for “defaming the army” and “insulting military high command” through Facebook posts.

  • Dec 4, 2014
    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

    – 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.

  • Oct 1, 2014
    In Kasserine's graveyard two new tombstones have been added to the roll of people who have died a violent death in this Tunisian city close to the Algerian border. Ahlem Dalhoumi, 22, and her cousin Ons Dalhoumi, 18, were both killed with bullets to the head the night of August 23 on their way home from a party with five other family members.
  • Sep 30, 2014
    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 30, 2014