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Bloggers and social media users were investigated or prosecuted for the peaceful online expression of their views, including for criticizing the government’s approach to dealing with COVID-19. Protests were staged against insufficient government aid and protection of health workers during the...
Middle East and North Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Tunisia: Jailed opposition figures on hunger strike: Jaouhar Ben Mbarek, Khayyam Turki, Issam Chebbi, Ghazi Chaouachi, Ridha Belhaj and Abdelhamid Jelassi

On 26 September, prominent opposition figure Jaouhar Ben Mbarek announced a hunger strike to protest his unjust detention in a trumped-up conspiracy case. On 2 October, five other detained defendants in the same case also announced a hunger strike. They include Khayyam Turki, Issam Chebbi, Ghazi...
Middle East and North Africa

Tunisia: The abuse of pre-trial detention to silence political opponents, authorities targeting political opposition with vague pretrial detention laws

Tunisian authorities have used vague provisions in the law governing pretrial detention to jail a series of high-profile opponents, public figures, and perceived enemies of President Kais Saied without showing that the measure is reasonable and necessary as required by international law. These...