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Tunisia: Further information on health concern / prisoners of conscience / legal concern

, Index number: MDE 30/024/1998

Afef Ben Rouina (f), Imen Derouiche (f) and Hinda Aaroui (f) have ended their hunger strike although concerns for their health remain. Imen Derouiche has been refused visits from her lawyer

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 30/24/98
8 September 1998
Further information on Extra 60/98 (MDE 30/22/98, 25/08/98) - Health concern
/ Prisoners of conscience and new concern: Legal concern
Amnesty International has received information that Hinda Aaroui, Afef Ben
Rouina and Imen Derouiche have stopped their hunger strike.
The health of Hinda Aaroui, who is disabled and suffers from a spinal disease,
reportedly deteriorated following the hunger strike. She is also said to suffer
from depression. Hinda Aaroui is currently detained in Grombalia prison, where
detention conditions are particularly poor. She does not have access to adequate
medical care.
Imen Derouiche, who has a heart condition, was refused visits by her lawyer
on 24 August and 4 September 1998.
Afef Ben Rouina is currently detained in the Mannouba prison in Tunis.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in Arabic, French and English or in your own language:
- expressing concern about the health of Hinda Aaroui and seeking assurances
that she be given immediate access to a specialist doctor;
- seeking assurances that Imen Derouiche and Afef Ben Rouina be given medical
care if necessary;
- urging that Imen Derouiche be given prompt access to her lawyer;
- urging that prisoners of conscience, Afef Ben Rouina, Imen Derouiche and
Hinda Aaroui, be immediately and unconditionally released, quoting Article
3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to
life, liberty and security of person”.
If voice answers please say: “je voudrais envoyer un fax, s’il vous plaît”
Minister of Justice
M. Abdallah Kallel
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
31 Boulevard Bab Benat
1006 Tunis, Tunisie
Telegrams: Ministre Justice, Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: + 216 1 568 106
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Your Excellency
Minister of the Interior
M. Ali Chaouch
Ministre de l’Intérieur
Ministère de l'Intérieur
Avenue Habib Bourguiba
1001 Tunis , Tunisie
Telegrams: Ministre Interieur, Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: + 216 1 354 331
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Your Excellency
Tunisian Human Rights League
Me Taoufik Bouderbala,
Président Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l’Homme
7 Rue Pierre Curie
Tunis, Tunisia
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 20 October 1998.
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”.
Article 3, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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