8 August 2012

Tunisia: After the Emergency Law Extension.. the Security Bodies Suppress a Peaceful Demonstration Called for Guarantee the Fundamental Freedoms

press release

ANHRI denounced the act of the Tunisian security forces on the evening of Sunday, August 5, 2012 of dispersing a peaceful demonstration to denounce the performance of the government led by the "Islamic Ennahdah Movement" using violence, as well as the attacks on some journalists who were in the place of the demonstration.

The demonstration, in Bourguiba, was peaceful , some activists and bloggers last week, called for it, through social networking sites to denounce the performance of the government and call to guarantee the fundamental freedoms in the new Constitution of Tunisia. But the security forces dispersed the demonstrators, activists and bloggers using batons excessively to assault the demonstrators. Moreover, the security forces attacked number of journalists verbally during their coverage of the events of the demonstration in spite of wearing special costume. In addition to the security confiscated and dismantled a number of cameras, phones belongs to activists, bloggers, and some paintings that include the words anti-government, in an attempt to black-out the suppress of security policy in dealing with protesters. They fear of the publication of such violations on social networking sites, which represents the most important enemy of the Arab governments in which it represents an exposing role for the abuses committed by them.

It should be mentioned that the disperse of the peaceful demonstration came only after a few days of the "emergency law" extension for a period of one month, on August 1, 2012, allegedly for brining security in the country after the end of the previous extension period of "3 months" against the insecurity experienced by the country, as well as a few hours after the statement of Security for not giving permits for any demonstrations, that it would face to any demonstrations in the country.

In addition to, the security forces dispersed a demonstration of a number of the residents who called for the improvement of the basic services in the areas of residence, as well as arrested five protesters due to that earlier.

ANHRI warns, "the Tunisian authorities of prejudice to the right to the peaceful demonstration, the freedom of expression and other fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms that the Tunisian people obtain it after a popular revolution overthrew the great dictator Ben Ali.

ANHRI is deeply regretted the act of the Tunisian authorities after the revolution, to extend the emergency law, of bad reputation, and was inherited from the ousted president, "Ben Ali". As there is no real need to work with it, especially as the authorities have to secure the citizen and justice, using the laws existing or amend it without recourse to exceptional laws, known for its bad reputation, in light of the promises of the Tunisian authorities of trying hard to achieve democracy.

ANHRI said that "The use of the Tunisian authorities to violence and force against demonstrators demanding fundamental freedoms and shows the lack of the government to keep its promises of reform."

ANHRI called the Tunisian authorities to stop the extension of the emergency law, and stop using the security solutions regarding the peaceful demonstrations and deal with the legitimate demands attention and dialogue around instead of using force to suppress it, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the freedom of peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression.

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