Tunisia: Amnesty International - President Saied Should Publicly Commit to Respecting and Protecting Human Rights

Tunis/Tunisia — Tunisian President Kais Saied should publicly commit to respecting and protecting human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, after he suspended parliament and assumed some judicial powers, said Amnesty International.

Concerns that human rights are at risk have heightened following an alarming raid by security forces on Al Jazeera's office in Tunis today and the president's threats during his speech of resorting to heavy-handed force against «those threatening state security,» Amnesty pointed out in a statement.

«The hard-won freedoms and human rights gains of Tunisia's 2011 uprising are at risk, particularly in the absence of a Constitutional Court to protect the rights of everyone in the country. President Kais Saied must ensure that any acts he orders are strictly in line with Tunisia's obligations under international human rights law and most importantly must refrain from political purges,» said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International's Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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