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UA 69/94 - Tunisia: health concern / torture: Hamma Hammami

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 30/006/1994

There is concern for Hamma Hammami, who was arrested on 14 February and tortured for the first two days, both at Sousse Police Station and at the Ministry of the Interior in Tunis. Following this torture he fainted and fell unconscious for several hours, and is still suffering from headaches and dizziness. Repeated requests by his family and lawyers for a medical examination have not been met. In addition, he suffers from kidney stones and a heart condition, for which he needs to take regular medecine. His family have not been allowed to bring him this medecine. There is also concern that he is being held in overcrowded and insanitary conditions in Sousse Prison.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 30/06/94
Distr: UA/SC
UA 69/94 Health Concern / Torture 22 February 1994
TUNISIAHamma HAMMAMI, member of the unauthorized Parti communiste des ouvriers
tunisiens (PCOT), Tunisian Workers' Communist Party
Amnesty International is concerned about the health of Hamma Hammami who was
arrested on 14 February 1994, subsequently tortured and ill-treated, and is
currently being denied adequate medical care whilst held in pre-trial detention.
Hamma Hammami was tortured in the first two days after his arrest, both at
Sousse Police Station and at the Ministry of the Interior in Tunis where he
was subsequently taken. He was severely beaten around the head and body,
sexually humiliated, and made to lie on the ground whilst policemen put a gun
to his head, threatened to kill him, and stood on his neck causing
near-asphyxiation.
Following this torture, Hamma Hammami fainted repeatedly and fell unconscious
for a period of several hours. He is still suffering from headaches and
dizziness and is in urgent need of proper examination to establish the extent
of his head injuries. Repeated requests made by his family and lawyers for
a medical examination following his alleged torture have still not been met.
He is entitled to such a examination both under Tunisian law and international
standards, such as the UN Convention Against Torture.
In addition, Hamma Hammami suffers from kidney stones and a heart condition
for which he needs to take regular medicine. His family have not yet been
allowed to bring him the necessary medicine. There is also concern that he
is being held in overcrowded and insanitary conditions in Sousse Prison, and
is receiving inadequate food (daily rations reportedly consist solely of one
bowl of soup with bread).
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
At the time of his arrest, Hamma Hammami was in hiding after being sentenced
in absentia in December 1992 to 4 years and 9 months' imprisonment for attending
unauthorized meetings and distributing leaflets of the PCOT. His new trial
is expected to take place in the Sousse Court of First Instance on 23 February
1994, on charges of grievous bodily harm (coups et blessures), refusal to comply
with police orders (refus d'obtempérer) and falsification of identity papers.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in French, Arabic, English or in your own language:
- expressing concern that Hamma Hammami is being denied adequate medical care,
and urging that he be given immediate medical treatment as necessary;
- deploring the torture and ill-treatment that he suffered after his arrest
on 14 February 1994;
- expressing concern that despite repeated requests made by his lawyers and
family he has not yet received a medical examination, as he is entitled to
under Tunisian law and international standards;
APPEALS TO: Salutations for all: Excellence / Your Excellency
1) President
M. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
2
Président de la République
Palais Présidentiel
Tunis/Carthage, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 744 721
Telexes: 14900 prpsa tn 12163 ppsd tn
Telegrams: Président Ben Ali, Tunis, Tunisie
2) Minister of Justice
M. Sadok Chaâbane
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
Boulevard Bab Benat
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 568 106 or +216 1 567 070
Telexes: 13000 maet tn (via Ministère de l'Intérieur)
Telegrams: Ministre de la Justice Chaâbane, Tunis, Tunisie
3) Minister of the Interior
M. Abdallah Kallel
Ministre de l'Intérieur
Ministère de l'Intérieur
Avenue Habib Bourguiba
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 340 888
Telexes: 13662 sdap tn
Telegrams: Ministre de l'Intérieur Kallel, Tunis, Tunisie
4) Minister of Foreign Affairs
M. Habib Ben Yahia
Ministre des Affaires étrangères
Ministère des Affaires étrangères
Place du Gouvernement
La Kasbah
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 791005
Telexes: 14470 mafta tn, 14471 mafta tn, 14472 mafta tn
Telegrams: Ministre des Affaires étrangères Ben Yahia, Tunis, Tunisie
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
M. Iadh Ouederni
Conseiller présidentiel pour les Droits de l'Homme
Attaché à la Présidence de la République
Palais Présidentiel
Tunis/Carthage, Tunisie
faxes: +216 1 731 009 or +216 1 742 513
and to diplomatic representatives of Tunisia accredited to your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 5 April 1994.

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