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Tunisia: Repression thrives on impunity (includes addendum)

, Index number: MDE 30/019/1995

Human rights violations have increased in Tunisia since the crackdown on the unauthorized Islamist opposition party at the end of 1990. The Tunisian authorities have responded to criticism of their human rights record by establishing human rights bodies but these have failed to adequately investigate cases of human rights abuses brought to their attention. Arbitrary detention and imprisonment are widespread with the detention of human rights activists, Islamist political activists, government critics and their relatives. Torture and ill-treatment continue to be reported in police and security centres across Tunisia. Complaints made by victims, their families and lawyers, and human rights organizations have not been acted upon. No effective measures have been taken to prevent further violations. The report makes recommendations to the Tunisian authorities to improve the human rights situation.

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