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Tunisia: Further information on: legal concern / prisoner of conscience and new health concern: Khemais Chammari

, Index number: MDE 30/027/1996

Prisoner of conscience Khemais Chammari began a hunger-strike on 10 September 1996 to protest at the conditions of his detention. Amnesty International fears that his health may further deteriorate as a result of his hunger-strike.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 30/27/96
17 September 1996
Further information on EXTRA 71/96 (MDE 30/14/96, 20 May 1996) and follow-ups
(MDE 30/14/96, 20 May; MDE 30/16/96, 29 May; MDE 30/20/96, 3 July; MDE 30/22/96,
18 July; MDE 30/25/96, 27 August; MDE 30/26/96, 30 August) - Legal Concern
/ Prisoner of Conscience and new Health Concern
TUNISIAKhemais CHAMMARI
Amnesty International has received reports that prisoner of conscience Khemais
Chammari began a hunger-strike on 10 September 1996, to protest at the conditions
of his detention. Amnesty International fears that Khemais Chammari's health,
which is already fragile, may further deteriorate as a result of his
hunger-strike.
In July, Khemais Chammari was sentenced to five years' imprisonment on charges
of "disclosing a national secret to a foreign power". Amnesty International
believes that Khemais Chammari is a prisoner of conscience held solely on account
of his peaceful political activities, and urges that he be immediately and
unconditionally released.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in French, Arabic or English or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the health condition of Khemais Chammari, who has been
on hunger-strike since 10 September 1996;
- urging the authorities to provide all necessary medical care to Khemais
Chammari and to provide access to his family and lawyers;
- reiterating that Khemais Chammari is a prisoner of conscience and calling
for his immediate and unconditional release.
APPEALS TO:
Président M. Zine El Abidine Ben ALi
Président de la République
Palais Présidentiel
Tunis/Carthage
Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 744721
Telexes: 14900 prpsa tn / 12163 ppsd tn
Telegrams: President, Tunis, Tunisia
Salutation: Excellence / Your Excellency
M. Sadok Chaâbane
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
Boulevard Bab Benat
Tunis
Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 568106 or 567070
Telexes: 13000 maet tn (via Interior Ministry)
Telegrams: Ministre de la Justice, Tunis, Tunisia
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
M. Habib Ben Yahia
Ministre des Affaires Etrangères
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
2
Place du Gouvernement
La Kasbah
Tunis, Tunisie
Telegrams: Ministre des Affaires Etrangeres, Tunis, Tunisia
Faxes : +216 1 567 386 or 216 1 567 050 or 216 1 568 050
Telexes: 14470 mafta tn / 14471 mafta tu / 14472 mafta tn
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Tunisian Human Rights League
Me Taoufik Bouderbala, Président
Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme, LTDH
7, rue Pierre Curie
3ème étage, appt.10
1000 TUNIS, Tunisia
Fax: +216 1 336 338
Mouvement des Démocrates Socialistes
26, Rue d'Angleterre
B.P. 1000
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 1996.

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