Households of detained opposition leaders in Tunisia head to the African court docket

Households of detained opposition leaders in Tunisia head to the African court docket

On this file photograph taken on February 21, 2023, Rached Ghannouchi, head of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha get together, arrives to a police station in Tunis.

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Rached Ghannouchi

Yusra Ghannouchi, who’s the daughter of jailed Tunisia’s opposition chief Rached Ghannouchi, has condemned her father’s arrest citing gross human rights violation by the present regime of President Kais Saied.

Alongside different relations of Tunisian opposition figures detained in a authorities crackdown, she is in search of the speedy launch of her family members with a case purchased to the African Courtroom on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

“Tunisia is certain by the choices of the African Courtroom of Human and peoples rights. We’ve additionally utilized for focused sanctions towards Kais Saied, and his justice minister, his inside minister, and his protection minister all his accomplices which can be implicated in human rights violations,” mentioned Yusra Ghannouch.

Ghannouchi, 81, has been imprisoned since April 17 after claiming that Tunisia could be threatened with a “civil struggle” if left-wing events or these of political Islam similar to Ennahdha had been eradicated.

“There’s the need to determine worry and a police state however Tunisians will not be accepting that and that is why my father, our fathers, and different political leaders, and members of the civil society are imprisoned as a result of they don’t seem to be accepting this coup and the return of dictatorship. They don’t seem to be silent, and we is not going to be silent,” mentioned Yusra Ghannouch.

Since early February, the authorities have arrested greater than 20 political opponents and different personalities, an act that has been condemned by the worldwide neighborhood and rights teams.

Experiences of harassment to the legal professionals representing the victims have been echoed by the affected events with the detainees allegedly tortured.

“Legal professionals themselves for the detainees have been threatened and charged. Within the case of among the detainees, there was very poor therapy up till now. Within the case of 1, an allegation of torture which may even be raised on the African court docket,” mentioned Rodney Dixon, lawyer to households of Tunisian opposition figures detained taking to his purchasers.

President Saied has described these arrested as “terrorists”, claiming that they had been concerned in a “conspiracy towards state safety”.

After dismantling the institutional edifice put in place by the semi-parliamentary Structure of 2014, Saied ushered his nation into the period of hyper-presidentialism.

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