investigations

The returnees who cannot return

| 16 April 2021 | 20 minutes
Should Tunisian ex-combatants of the Islamic State be repatriated en masse in order to be brought to justice? This is a divisive issue in Tunisia. For many this would be entirely out of the question. Given the widely differing estimates, it would be tricky to try to present an exact number of potential returnees*, thus the National Security Council has decided that for the time being, only a few individuals will be repatriated. However, the challenge remains in the inability to guarantee a fair trial.

The Origins of the Disaster

| 08 April 2021 | 15 minutes
Following the two terrorist attacks in Ghriba and Soliman (2002 and 2007 respectively), the propagated image of terrorism not being native to Tunisia was shattered. In 2011, a general amnesty for all political prisoners (including those involved in the Soliman attack) further contributed to the already fragile security situation. Between political negligence and tightened security, the handling of terrorism-related cases in Tunisia over the past two decades provides necessary insight for understanding the precarious situation today.

The Inner Workings of the Tunis Courthouse

| 24 March 2021 | 20 minutes
Inside courtroom No. 6, the accused appeared respectively before the judges and the lawyers as their families anxiously observed. From the tremendous amount of pressure, one woman collapsed. Her father, among the onlookers, broke into tears. It is inside this courthouse where hearings were endlessly held, condemning hundreds of suspects for being directly or indirectly linked to cases of terrorism. These young people embodied the painful debate concerning the justice system, security institutions, and the public opinion.

Italian waste: the vast corruption network behind the environmental scandal

| 09 March 2021 | 12 minutes
For several months, the major scandal of illegal importation of household waste from Italy has been shaking the country. Apart from the environmental aspect, numerous documents obtained by Inkyfada and the Italian investigation network IrpiMedia corroborate a trail of evidence exposing a vast network of corruption.

At the Heart of Human Trafficking Networks in Libya

| 01 December 2020 | 15 minutes
"Even from here in Agadez, I could have you sold over in Libya. Because all the smugglers who are here know the good and bad drivers. They know very well who to turn to if they want to sell their migrants”, says Abdoulaye*, a migrant turned smuggler in the north of Niger. Although he says that it is not his intention, the migrants that he sends to Libya sometimes end up in human trafficking networks.

In Italy, the obscure deportation process of Tunisian migrants

| 26 November 2020 | 10 minutes
Renegotiated in August 2020, a bilateral agreement between Tunisia and Italy authorises Rome to repatriate Tunisian migrants. As has been denounced by civil society, the vagueness of the procedure allows authorities to deport migrants without them knowing their rights or being given the possibility of applying for asylum. This is an account of a journey in reverse; from Italy to Tunisia.  
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