TUNISIA: blogger’s sentence upheld; fears for safety

GhRAPID ACTION NETWORK Appeal | May 7, 2013

Tunisian blogger Jabeur Mejri

Tunisian blogger Jabeur Mejri

​PEN Canada’s Writers in Prison Committee  (WiPC) has recently learned that a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence passed on the Tunisian blogger Jabeur Mejri, for expressing allegedly blasphemous views online, was confirmed by the Court of Cassation on April  25, 2013. Mejri has been in prison since his arrest on March  5, 2012. PEN considers Jabeur Mejri to be targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Tunisia is a signatory. PEN calls for Mejri’s immediate and unconditional release and urgently seeks guarantees of his safety in detention.

According to PEN’s information, blogger Jabeur Mejri was arrested on March  5, 2012 for using social networks to publicise a satirical book entitled The Illusion of Islam. On March 9, 2012, a primary court in Mahdia charged Mejri with “disturbing the public order and violating social morals” under article 121 (3) and 226 of Penal Code, and with “publishing articles which violate good morals” under article 86 of Communication Law. These laws were established by the Ben Ali regime.

On March 15, 2012, a primary court in Mahdia (eastern Tunisia) sentenced Mejri to seven and half years in prison. He was also fined 1200 Tunisian Dinars ($790). The author of the book, writer Ghazi Beji, was also charged in the case but fled Tunisia and was sentenced to seven and half years in prison in absentia. Mejir, however, has been in prison since his arrest on March 5, 2012. Mejri has lost all appeals and, on April 25, 2013, the Court of Cassation upheld his sentence.

According to Mejri’s lawyer, he was tortured during his interrogation and was also attacked on several occasions inside the prison by other prisoners after news spread that he had “insulted Islam”. Mejri suffers from behavioural problems, and requests by his defence team for an examination of his mental state were refused by the court.

On April 23, 2013, a committee supporting Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji published a letter from Mejri, written in his prison cell in Mahdia, in which he claims he has been subject to torture. Mejri wrote:

“There’s no freedom of expression here in Tunisia, it is dead…I am denied medicine to cure my illness and other rights. Seven years and six months is a long period to spend in a small, dark and gloomy place. Officers take pleasure in torturing me.”

 More information on Jabeur Mejri can be found here

Please send appeals

  • Condemning the harsh prison sentence handed down to blogger Jabeur Mejri solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to free expression;
  • Calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Tunisia is a signatory;
  • Expressing concerns for his safety, and seeking assurances that he is not being tortured or ill-treated in detention which violates Article 5 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights);
  • Urging the Tunisian authorities to allow him access to immediate medical attention.

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Conférence Débat : L’ECONOMIE TUNISIENNE : Constat, perspective et souveraineté


L’association Uni*T a le plaisir de vous annoncer la reprise de ses cycles de conférences-débats et de cafés-débat. Nous allons inaugurer ce début de cycle avec une conférence sur un sujet tant attendu : l’économie.

Organisée en partenariat avec la maison de Tunisie la conférence L’ECONOMIE TUNISIENNE : A LA CROISEE DES CHEMINS – diagnostic, perspective et souveraineté aura lieu le Dimanche 27 octobre 2013 de 14h à 17h à la maison de Tunisie.

Autour de :

Dr. ACHRAF AYADI – Expert Bancaire et Financier

MOHAMED BALGHOUTHI – Expert consultant en stratégie et en intelligence économique.

Comme à notre habitude nous réserverons une large partie de la rencontre au débat avec la salle.

Selon un haut responsable algérien : l’Algérie prête à aider la Tunisie

L’Algérie, La “Mecque des Révolutionnaires” 2:52AM 19 Octobre 2013

tunisia-corruptionL’Algérie est prête à aider la Tunisie en proie à la crise économique et au terrorisme islamiste, affirme au quotidien électronique algérien Tout sur l’Algérie (TSA) un haut responsable au gouvernement algérien. « Nous sommes prêts à aider la Tunisie, à lui accorder tout ce qu’elle veut comme aides », ajoute le même haut responsable sous couvert de l’anonymat.
Entourée de voisins instables au sud et hostiles à l’ouest, l’Algérie veut éviter que son voisin de l’est sombre dans la violence terroriste. Et pour aider l’économie tunisienne à se relever, l’Algérie est également prête à l’établissement d’un marché commun avec la Tunisie.
Le président Bouteflika avait déjà octroyé une aide de 100 millions de dollars à la Tunisie et a donné son accord pour ce projet, selon le même responsable. « Nous sommes prêts à ouvrir nos frontières aux produits tunisiens pour soutenir l’économie de ce pays. Nous sommes prêts, par exemple, à fournir à la Tunisie les quantités de carburants qu’elle veut dans le cadre d’un accord entre les États », explique le même haut responsable.
Le tourisme, qui assure l’essentiel des recettes en devises de la Tunisie, souffre de l’instabilité politique et de l’apparition du terrorisme dans ce pays. « L’Algérie, en tant que puissance régionale, ne peut pas laisser la Tunisie sombrer dans le terrorisme avec des conséquences importantes sur notre stabilité », estime le même haut responsable.
L’Algérie ne compte toutefois pas geler l’opération de lutte contre les trafiquants de carburants qui exportent illégalement ce produit vers les pays voisins.

UN rights chief applauds new Tunisia anti-torture body

Saturday, October 12, 2013

UN rights chief applauds new Tunisia anti-torture body
Matthew Pomy at 2:36 PM ET

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], Rupert Colville, applauded [statement] Tunisia’s newly formed torture prevention body on Friday. The law establishing the organization was passed unanimously on Wednesday, and the Committee should be up and running once the law is published. Tunisia adopted the measure as part of its new obligations since signing the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [text]. The National Body to Prevent Torture will be given broad, independent authority to carry out inquiries in detention centers to ensure all obligations are met. Colville said of the new body, “The adoption of this law is an important milestone during the ongoing transition in Tunisia, and in particular in the effort to bring the country in line with international rule of law and human rights norms and standards.” Tunisia is the first Middle Eastern or North African country to adopt such a measure.

Tunisia has faced political turmoil since president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] left office amid nationwide protests in 2011. In July UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday condemned [JURIST report] the assassination of Tunisian opposition leader. In May Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Tunisia to modify its draft constitution [JURIST report] to ensure protection of human rights. Two months earlier HRW urged Tunisia to repeal its criminal defamation law [JURIST report], which is typically considered a civil offense throughout the world. That same month Tunisian lawmakers voted to approve [JURIST report] a timetable for its draft constitution and national elections. Last October, HRW called on Tunisian authorities to investigate a series of attacks [JURIST report] by religious extremists and to bring those responsible to justice.

JURIST http://jurist.org/paperchase/2013/10/un-rights-chief-applauds-new-tunisia-anti-torture-body.php

الجهات الداخلية تنتفض دعما لاتحاد الشغل!

26/09/2013 14:27

حقائق اون لاين-قسم الاخبار 

انطلقت صباح اليوم الخميس 26 سبتمبر 2013 مسيرات شعبية و عمالية ضخمة بمشاركة قياديين بالاتحاد العام التونسي للشغل في عدد من الجهات الداخلية على غرار سليانة،الكاف،جندوبة و صفاقس و ذلك دعما لمبادرة الاطراف الراعية للحوار وبهدف الضغط على أحزاب الترويكا للقبول بخارطة الطريق المقترحة .

و جابت هذه المسيرات الشوارع الرئيسية للولايات رافعة شعارات منددة بتواصل سياسة ربح الوقت المتعمدة من جانب حركة النهضة و الرفض غير المبرر لاستقالة حكومة علي العريّض.