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Further information on UA 260/93 (MDE 30/07/93, 6 August; and follow-up MDE 30/09/93, 19 August) - Tunisia: fear of torture and new concern: prisoner of conscience: Tawfik Rajhi

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 30/011/1993

Tawfik Rajhi, who was arrested on 26 July and held in illegally prolonged incommunicado detention for 23 days, was sentenced on 31 August 1993 to two years' imprisonment and two years' administrative control on charges of membership of an unauthorized organization (the Islamic movement al-Nahda). No evidence was brought to court of his membership of al-Nahda nor that he had ever used or advocated violence. He is considered a prisoner of conscience. In court he stated that he had been ill-treated during incommunicado detention, and that he had been forced to sign a police statement without knowing the content. No investigations into these allegations were ordered by the court.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 30/11/93
Distr: UA/SC
2 September 1993
Further information on UA 260/93 (MDE 30/07/93, 6 August 1993) and follow-up:
MDE 30/09/93, 19 August 1993 - Fear of torture and new concern: Prisoner of
conscience
TUNISIA:Tawfik RAJHI
Tawfik Rajhi was sentenced on 31 August 1993 to two years imprisonment and
two years administrative control on charges of membership of an unauthorized
organization (the Islamic movement al-Nahda). No evidence was brought to court
of his membership to al-Nahda, and there was no charge or evidence that he
had ever used or advocated violence. Amnesty International considers him as
a prisoner of conscience.
After his arrest on 26 July he was held in illegally prolonged incommunicado
detention for 23 days, during which his family and Amnesty International tried
to no avail to obtain information on his whereabouts.
He stated in court that during incommunicado detention he was ill-treated and
forced to sign a police statement without knowing the content, but no
investigations into the allegations were ordered by the court.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in French, Arabic, English or your own language:
- expressing your concern that Tawfik Rajhi was imprisoned as a prisoner of
conscience and ask for his immediate and unconditional release;
- urging the authorities to ensure that the allegations that he was ill-treated
during illegally prolonged incommunicado detention are thoroughly and
impartially investigated;
- urging the authorities to ensure that no one is held in illegally prolonged
incommunicado detention, as it is during this time that detainees are most
at risk of ill-treatment.
APPEALS TO:
1) Minister of Justice:
M. Sadok Chaâbane
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
Boulevard Bab Benat
Tunis, Tunisie
Telegrams: Minstre de la Justice Chaâbane, Tunis, Tunisie
Telexes: 13000 maet tn (via Ministère de l'Interieur)
Faxes: + 216 1 568106, + 216 1 567070
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
2) Minister of the Interior:
M. Abdallah Kallel
Ministre de l'Interieur
Ministère de l'Interieur
Av Habib Bourguiba
Tunis, Tunisie
Telegrams: Ministre de l'Interieur Kallel, Tunis, Tunisie
Telexes: 13662 sdap tn
Faxes: + 216 1 340888
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
3) Minister of Foreign Affairs:
M. Habib Ben Yahia
Ministre des Affaires Etrangères
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
Place du Gouvernement
La Kasbah
Tunis, Tunisie
Telegrams: Ministre des Affaires Etrangeres Ben Yahai,
Tunis, Tunisie
Telexes: 14470 mafta tn, 14471 mafta tn, 14472 mafta tn
Faxes: + 216 1 791005
Salutation: Monsieur le Minstre / Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Human Rights Organization:
M. Rachid Driss
Président
Commission Superieure des Droits
de l'Homme et des Libertées Fondamentales
85 Avenue de la Libérté
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: + 216 1 270646, + 216 1 796593
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 14 October 1993.

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