PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 30/09/98
13 March 1998
Further information on UA 48/98 (MDE 30/04/98, 13 February 1998)
- Fear for safety and new concern: Fear of imprisonment as prisoner of conscience
TUNISIARadhia NASRAOUI, Human rights lawyer
Radhia Nasraoui has received charges against her, in her absence, identical
to those brought against 15 detainees she is currently defending. Amnesty
International believes all the detainees to be prisoners of conscience (see
UA 59/98, MDE 30/05/98, 24 February 1998 and follow-ups MDE 30/06/98.
These charges include: belonging to a criminal and terrorist gang, holding
unauthorized meetings, inciting rebellion, insulting the President, spreading
false information aiming to disturb public order, defamation against the
authorities and distributing leaflets.
The above charges have also been brought against three additional people, also
in their absence, who are now being sought by police. Among them is Hamma
Hammami, the husband of Radhia Nasraoui, a former prisoner of conscience adopted
by Amnesty International on several occasions.
Radhia Nasraoui, currently out of the country, and her family have repeatedly
been harassed and intimidated by security forces over a period of several years.
Her office was ransacked on the night of 11-12 February 1998 following a period
of increasingly intense harassment and surveillance by security forces. On
14 January her husband, Hamma Hammami, was arrested by police in the street
with their youngest daughter, aged nine years old. They were both taken to
a police station where he was interrogated for few hours and subsequently
released without charge.
Amnesty International would consider Radhia Nasraoui to be a prisoners of
conscience were she imprisoned.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in French, Arabic, English or in your own language:
- expressing concern that Radhia Nasraoui is charged with the above-mentioned
offences and that she risks being arrested and imprisoned as a prisoner of
- urging that the charges against her be dropped;
1) President of the Republic
Président M. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Président de la République
Telegrams: Président, Tunis, Tunisia
Telexes: 14900 prpsa tn / 12163 ppsd tn
Faxes: + 216 1 744 721
Salutation: Monsieur le Président / Your Excellency
2) Minister of Justice
M. Abdallah Kallel