Rights and Freedoms

Since the 2011 revolution, both individual and collective freedoms have been at the center of numerous political and legislative debates. But regular attacks on the press, abusive detentions or restrictions linked to the Covid-19 crisis are all obstacles to the establishment of a proper rule of law.
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A jeopardized judiciary, trapped between the police and the executive
| 13 December 2022 | 15 minutes
Is justice independent in Tunisia? Police threats, judges' leniency with law enforcement bodies, the executive power’s stranglehold on the judicial system...inkyfada looks into the issues threatening the independence of the judiciary, a few months following Kaïs Saied's arbitrary dismissal of 57 judges.
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Street food in Tunisia: a legislative oversight
| 21 May 2022 | 7 minutes
In the heart of Tunis, by Bab El Khadra, customers flock to the increasingly popular food truck of Habib El Bey. However, on April 30, 2022, in the middle of Ramadan, everything came to a sudden halt: the police arrested Habib El Bey for not having a permit. The problem is that there is no law regulating street food in Tunisia, which leaves the vendors at the mercy of administrative difficulties and police intimidation.
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Violence, seizure of premises, lack of information: journalists speak out
| 08 February 2022 | 8 minutes
Violence and intimidation during demonstrations, confiscation of premises, and non-existent official information - journalists in Tunisia face many challenges in exercising their profession.
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How can military courts judge civilians?
| 28 September 2021 | 5 minutes
Yassine Ayari, Seifeddine Makhlouf, Nidhal Saoudi: in recent months, these three MPs (whose work is currently suspended) have faced military justice. Why were these men referred to the military courts? Between constitutional loopholes and an aborted bill, inkyfada sought to find out how and why the Tunisian military courts are still able to judge and convict civilians.
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The Al Jazeera Shutdown: Unclear Motives and Denied Responsability
| 06 August 2021 | 7 minutes
On July 26, 2021, the police closed down the premises of the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera in Tunis, the very day after President Kaïs Saïed announced that he would apply Article 80 of the Constitution. The journalists as well as others considered to be employees are thus prevented from doing their work. Given the ambiguity of the Presidency and the Ministry of the Interior, the source of this decision remains unclear.  
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“A Foreigner in My Own Country:” The Unguaranteed Right to Tunisian Citizenship
| 07 July 2020 | 20 minutes
Despite a major reform to Tunisia’s Nationality Code in 2010, many barriers remain on the path to claiming Tunisian citizenship - particularly for individuals born outside of Tunisia to a Tunisian mother and a non-Tunisian father. In a country with approximately 10% of its population living abroad, the personal and political consequences of the uncodified nature of this system are widespread. Inkyfada offers a guide through the process of claiming this right, featuring an interactive flowchart: “Where are You, a 'Tunisian of Origin,' on the Path to Citizenship?” as well as newly-released data from the Ministry of Justice.   
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