Tunisia terror laws no safeguard against rights abuses: Amnesty report Devin Montgomery at 11:40 AM ET
[JURIST] Tunisia [US State Department backgrounder] is committing wide-spread human rights abuses under overly-broad anti-terrorism legislation [Amnesty backgrounder], according to a Monday report [text; press release] by Amnesty International [advocacy website]. Amnesty said that while the government claims to comply with international norms on due process and detainee treatment, it rarely investigates allegations of rights violations by state security organs:
The fact that gaping discrepancies exist between law and practice in the country signals a conscious refusal by the Tunisian authorities to fully subscribe to and abide by their obligations under international human rights law. The laws that should have increased protection have been routinely flouted by the Tunisian authorities, and have not served as an adequate safeguard against torture, unfair trial and other serious human rights abuses.
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