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Further information on UA 133/92 (MDE 30/19/92, 28 April) - Tunisia: prolonged incommunicado detention / fear of torture: Zouhair Mhiri

, Index number: MDE 30/020/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 30/20/92
Distr: UA/SC
27 May 1992
Further information on UA 133/92 (MDE 30/19/92, 28 April 1992) - Prolonged
incommunicado detention/Fear of torture
TUNISIA:Zouhair Mhiri - Literature teacher, aged 24
Zuhair Mhiri, the 24-year-old literature teacher from Ain al-Drahim who was
arrested on 15 April 1992, has now been allowed visits by his family. He was
held incommunicado in prolonged garde à vue detention in the Ministry of the
Interior and in the police station in Sousse for over a month. He was reportedly
tortured during this period. He has now been transferred to the prison in
Sousse.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- expressing concern at reports that Zouhair Mhiri was tortured while held
incommunicado;
- expressing concern that Zouhair Mhiri was held in prolonged garde à vue
detention beyond the maximum 10-day-period allowed by Tunisian law;
- urging the Tunisian authorities to investigate reports that Zouhair Mhiri
was tortured in garde à vue detention;
- urging the Tunisian authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure
that no one is detained in prolonged garde à vue detention, as this is the
time when detainees are more at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
APPEALS TO:
1. Minister of the Interior:
M. Abdallah Kallel
Ministre de l'Interieur
Ministère de l'Interieur
Avenue Habib Bourguiba
Tunis, Tunisie
Telegrams: Ministre Interieur, Tunis, Tunisia
Telexes: 13662 sdap tn
Salutation: Excellence / Your Excellency
2. Minister of Justice:
M. Abderrahim Zouari
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
Boulevard Bab Benat
Tunis, Tunisie
Telegrams: Ministre Justice, Tunis, Tunisia
Faxes: + 216 1 568 106
Salutation: Excellence / Your Excellency
Page 2 of FU 133/92
PLEASE SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
1. First Presidential Counsellor for Human Rights:
M. Sadok Chaabane
Conseiller Présidentiel chargé des Droits de l'Homme
Palais Présidentiel
Carthage/Tunis
Tunisie
Faxes: + 216 1 744721 or 742513
Salutation: Excellence / Your Excellency
2. Human Rights Organization:
Ligue Tunisienne de la Défense des Droits de l'Homme
23 rue du Yemen
Tunis, Tunisia
Faxes: + 216 1 795 466
and to diplomatic representatives of Tunisia in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat
or your section office if sending appeals after 8 July 1992.

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