The UN Human Rights Office says it is seriously concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Tunisia and is calling on the government to protect and respect the rights and freedoms of its people.
One of the latest blatant violations took place on December 31. That day, two men, one a member of parliament and former justice minister, and the other man, a former interior ministry official, were snatched from their homes by men in plain clothes. They were later tied up in cars and taken to unknown places without any explanation.
UN human rights spokeswoman Liz Throsel says MP Noureddine Bhiri was later placed under house arrest. Since he has a heart condition, he has been shifted to a hospital, where he is under observation.
The second person taken away, who has been identified in media reports as Fathi Baldi, is now under house arrest.
Throsel says these men are reportedly suspected of crimes related to terrorism, although neither has been formally charged.
“Although the men’s families and the United Nations Human Rights Office in Tunisia have been able to meet with them since then, these two incidents echo practices not seen since the Ben Ali era and include abductions, forced disappearances and arbitrary detentions.” raises serious questions about taking it,” said Throsel.
Ben Ali was Tunisia’s authoritarian leader from 1987 until he was ousted from the Arab Spring street protests in 2011. He died in self-exile in Saudi Arabia in 2019.
The United Nations Office of Rights is urging Tunisian authorities to immediately release or charge the men in accordance with due process standards for criminal proceedings.
After the violent demonstrations on September 1, spokesman Throsel says that President Kais Saied called on the country’s internal security forces to change their practices and respect the rights and freedoms of the Tunisian people.
However, he added that officials have yet to translate his words into action.
“Along with the actions of the internal security forces, we are concerned about suppressing dissent in Tunisia, including the inappropriate use of anti-terrorism law and the increasing use of military courts to try civilians, which raises serious concerns about justice.” equitable, fair and independent administration,” Thrusel said.
UN officials say Tunisia has made tremendous progress in promoting and realizing human rights over the past decade. They urge the authorities to continue on that path.
They call on them to reform the security and justice sectors so that they can fully comply with Tunisia’s international human rights obligations.