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HRW urges Tunisia president to halt repressive measures

HRW urges Tunisia president to halt repressive measures

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Human Rights Watch (HRW)  urged on Wednesday Tunisian President Kais Saied to safeguard the rights of all Tunisians and reverse the repressive measures put in place which largely concentrate powers in his office.

HRW acting both  Middle East and North Africa Director, Eric Goldstein, announced "concentrating powers that could be used against basic rights should always set off alarm bells.

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"All Tunisians deserve to live in dignity and have an accountable government, whether they celebrated or protested President Saied's policies," Goldstein added.

 


On Sunday, Saied fired Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament, lifted parliamentary immunity, assumed control of the public prosecutor's office, and took other unusual measures to handle Tunisia's months-long political crisis, according to Saied.

 


The following day, authorities raided Al Jazeera's offices in Tunis, evicting its employees and closing the office.

Saied claimed that he made the decisions after consulting with Mechichi and Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Ennahda party and Parliament Speaker. However, Ghannouchi, as well as many other Tunisian parties, denounced Saied's actions, calling them a coup.

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