Breaking: Membership of New Tunisian Government Announced

Breaking: Membership of New Tunisian Government Announced

A day after declaring that he had failed in the same task, Prime Minister designate Mehdi Jomaa announced Sunday evening his choices to serve in a new caretaker government.




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آيت جودي يعدّل برنامج المباريات الودية وبن شريف يلتحق بالتدريبات

Ali Real defender Jamal Belamra Echoroukonline

Ali Real defender Jamal Belamra

آيت جودي يعدّل برنامج المباريات الودية وبن شريف يلتحق بالتدريبات

يلتحق، أمسية الأثنين، اللاعب المغترب حمزة بن شريف بمركز تربص شبيبة القبائل بمدينة حمام بورقيبة التونسية بعدما أجرى مراقبة طبية عند طبيب الفريق بتيزي وزو، والذي سيرافقه إلى تونس مع القائد علي ريال والمدافع جمال بلعمري اللذين تخلفا عن المشاركة في بداية التربص لأسباب شخصية.

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Monji Rahoui : Je suis musulman et Habib Ellouze est le cheikh des menteurs

Article n°1 de la constitution "La Tunisie est un Etat libre, indépendant et souverain. L'islam est sa religion"

Article n°1 de la constitution
“La Tunisie est un Etat libre, indépendant et souverain. L’islam est sa religion”

Accusé de mécréance par Habib Ellouze, Monji Rahoui a déploré cette accusation et a annoncé 

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Le premier article de la constitution a été voté par 146 députés

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Le premier article de la constitution a été voté avec l’approbation de 146 députés en ajoutant la mention : ne peut être modifié, à l’article.

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Behind a Death, a System in Need of Reform

image of Walid Denguir from his Facebook page, November 2013. Image credit: Tunisia Live

image of Walid Denguir from his Facebook page, November 2013. Image credit: Tunisia Live

The November 1 death of 32-year old Walid Denguir, allegedly at the hands of police, sheds light on a security apparatus and justice system still in need of reform almost three years since Tunisia’s revolution.

Last Friday afternoon, Denguir left his family’s home in the Bab Jdid neighborhood of Tunis. While details are still emerging, he was quickly arrested by police forces. Less than two hours later, his mother was called and told her son was dead.

At the hospital, Denguir’s mother and the family’s lawyer, prominent human rights advocate Radhia Nasraoui, saw what they called signs of torture on the body. Denguir’s skull reportedly appeared to be cracked and he was covered in bruises.

Lotfi Azzouz, director of the Amnesty International Tunisia office, connected Denguir’s case to pre-revolutionary abuses and said that the death highlighted the need to reform the Tunisian security and justice sectors.

“These cases continue to occur because there is no accountability and punishment is internal,” Azzouz said. Offenses by security officials within the Ministry of Interior, he added, usually are not dealt with by Tunisia’s criminal system, but rather are handled as internal administrative problems within the ministry.

On November 3, in a statement made through state news agency TAP but since taken down, the Ministry of Interior acknowledged that excessive force was used during Denguir’s interrogation and announced that an investigation would be made into his death.

When reached by phone, ministry spokesperson Mohamed Ali Aroui said that they were still waiting for the results of the investigation.

The Sidi el-Bechir police station denied knowing anything about Denguir and refused to answer any questions when called by Tunisia Live.

Azzouz said Denguir’s case was similar to that of Faycel Baraket, a 25-year-old Islamist activist killed while in police custody in 1991 under the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. In that case, medical reports were censored and foreign experts were brought in to examine the body. After 22 years, Baraket’s family is still seeking justice.

The autopsy system in Tunisia needs to be reformed, Azzouz said, for the truth to surface in these cases. Yesterday, Tunisian newspaper Al-Chourouk reported that a medical report determined Denguir’s death to be drug-related, and not a result of police abuse. The report could not be verified, and members of Denguir’s family dismissed it as a rumor.

A new law passed last month creating a commission to prevent torture will deter more cases like Denguir’s, Azzouz said, but more still needs to be done.

Some security laws in Tunisia date back to the era of the Beys, Azzouz said, referring to Tunisia’s pre-independence monarchs. The internal structure of the Ministry of Interior is still unclear, he added. If it is unclear who is in charge to an outsider, accountability is difficult.

Security officers think of their job as semi-military, Azzouz said, adding that they need to think of their work as protecting, not attacking, people.

Asma Smadhi contributed reporting.

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Dubai International Film Festival picks top 100 Arab films

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A new book titled “Cinema for Passion” enlists Arab film experts to round up the best of Arab cinema