Tunisia: ‘We want an end to the fear’: Abuses under Tunisia’s state of emergency

In response to a series of armed attacks in 2015 and 2016 that shook the country, the Tunisian authorities have stepped up security measures and relied on emergency laws. Cases documented by Amnesty International show that individuals have been arbitrarily arrested, without judicial warrants. Some have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in custody. The authorities have applied arbitrary restrictions on individuals’ movement inside the country. Security forces have often used excessive force when searching homes. They have also harassed the families of suspects to try to coerce them into giving information about their wanted relative.

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