Once a fortnight, Leila Khaled, a Tunisian housewife, comes down from Tunis, the capital, to the dusty mining region of Gafsa, to visit her son Muthafer Labidi in jail. The rest of the time, she holds vigil at a Tunis hospital where her husband, Bechir Labidi, a trade union leader, lies ailing and handcuffed in his bed.
In the past few weeks, Tunisian authorities have tightened their grip on independent media. Among the government actions have been […]
We all remember what the French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared, in his victory speech, shortly after winning the French presidential election in 2007: “I want to issue a call to everyone in the world who believes in the values of tolerance, freedom, democracy, humanism, to all those who are persecuted by tyranny, by dictatorships […] I want to tell them that it will be France’s pride and its duty to be at their side.
Needless to say, there are in Tunisia, just like everywhere else, many historians, writers, and poets, filmmakers, who have never signed a single petition against torture or corruption, while considering themselves in private as democrats. Should we blame the collapse of the democratic process on them ? May be they have not to be blamed because they are not intellectuals at all.
Only a handful of Internet publications and small-circulation opposition papers have attempted to seriously criticize the government or hold it accountable. But journalists writing for these outlets have been placed under surveillance, assaulted by plainclothes police, had their phone and Internet lines cut, and been prevented from leaving the country.
Every once in a while you run across people whose courage makes you ask of yourself if you would act […]
« Il est grand temps que les autorités cessent de rendre un hommage de pure forme aux droits humains et […]
A former prisoner and alleged torture victim whose case was cited in Amnesty International’s recent report on human rights abuses […]
Des centaines, voire des milliers de jeunes gens, y compris d’enfants, suspectés de crimes de terrorisme, ont été arrêtés en Tunisie ces cinq dernières années. Nombres d’entre eux ont été torturés, ont subi de mauvais traitements, ont été détenus au secret et soumis à des disparitions forcées.
CAIRO — Egyptians are using the online social networking tool Facebook to defy the government’s attempt to muzzle the media […]