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Tunisia: President Extends the State of Emergency

(May 8, 2012) On May 5, 2012, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki extended the execution of the State of Emergency Law throughout the country until July 2012. The previous extension occurred on March 31, 2012, and the latest action marks the fifth executive extension instituted in the past 14 months. Marzouki issued the decree after holding […]

Tunisia: Move to Criminalize Normalization of Relations with Israel in the New Penal Code

(Mar. 27, 2012) Some political factions have demanded that the ruling Islamic party in Tunisia, al Nahdah, should insert a provision in the country's penal code criminalizing the act of normalization of relations with Israel. These organizations also asked the Constituent Assembly to introduce a provision in the new constitution banning any transactions with the […]

Tunisia: Former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and His Wife Found Guilty

(June 27, 2011) On June 10, 2011, a Tunisian court sentenced former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, in absentia, to 35 years in prison. They were found guilty of theft and illegal possession of cash and jewelry. The court also ruled that they must pay a fine equivalent to US$65.6 million. During […]

Tunisia: Woman Jailed for Posting Message on Facebook

(Aug. 12, 2009) It was reported on July 13, 2009, that a 69-year-old human rights activist, Khedija Arfaoui, was convicted on the charge of “disturbing public order” and sentenced to an eight-month prison term for posting a message on her Facebook page in reference to a rumor of children being abducted for their organs. (Eight-Month […]