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Tunisia: Further information on health concern / torture / prisoner of conscience / cruel degrading treatment / legal concern: Hamma Hammami

, N° d'index: MDE 30/027/1995

Hamma Hammami was released by presidential pardon on 6 November 1995.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 30/27/95
10 November 1995
Further information (10) on UA 69/94 (MDE 30/06/94, 22 February 1994) and
follow-ups (MDE 30/07/94, 1 March, MDE 30/09/94, 11 March, MDE 30/10/94, 18
March, MDE 30/12/94, 8 April, MDE 30/14/94, 11 May, MDE 30/19/94, 29 June,
MDE 30/23/94, 12 December, MDE 30/25/94, 16 December and MDE 30/26/94, 22
December 1994) - Torture / Prisoner of Conscience / Health and Legal Concern
/ Cruel, Degrading Treatment
Hamma Hammami was released by presidential pardon on 6 November 1995 on the
occasion of the eighth anniversary of President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's coming
to power. Hammami, a leading member of the illegal Parti communiste des
ouvriers tunisiens (PCOT), Tunisian Workers' Communist Party, was arrested
on 14 February 1994 and was serving a total prison sentence of eight years
and seven months.
Amnesty International welcomes the release of Hamma Hammami, whom it considered
to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising
his internationally recognized right to freedom of expression. In early 1994
the Urgent Action Network had sent many thousands of appeals to the Tunisian
authorities, urging that he receive medical care following the torture he was
subjected to after his arrest. Later in the year, when Hamma Hammami embarked
on hunger-strikes in protest at his conditions of detention, the UA Network
renewed calls for his release and for him to be treated in accordance with
international standards for the treatment of detainees.
Hamma Hammami has expressed his appreciation for Amnesty International's action
on his behalf. No further action by the Urgent Action Network is requested.

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