• Area 163,610 kmq
  • GDB 42.388 billion $
  • Population 10,982,754
  • Inflation 4,95% (2015)
  • Average age 27,5
Tunis (AFP) Human Rights Watch called on Morocco Tuesday to urgently reexamine the sentencing of an activist to five years in prison based on a confession that it said may have been coerced. El Mortada Iamrachen, a 31-year-old member of a protest movement in Morocco’s neglected northern Rif region, was convicted in November of “defending terrorism” and incitement. A court is expected to hear his appeal on Wednesday. New York-based HRW said Iamrachen’s conviction was based on a “possibly coerced confession”. “Once again, a Moroccan activist is thrown in prisonRead More
Tunis (AFP) The family of slain Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid on Tuesday demanded the “whole truth” about his killing, five years after it sparked a political crisis as the country struggled towards democracy. Leftist Belaid, 48, was a fierce critic of Islamist party Ennahdha, which was in power when he was gunned down, and his supporters have accused his political opponents over the killing. The shooting was claimed by jihadists linked to the Islamic State group and the Tunisian authorities said the suspected hitman died during a 2014 operation.Read More
Tunis (AFP) Britain’s security minister, Ben Wallace, on Friday praised efforts by Tunisia to boost security and said he expects a return of tourists from his country, two-and-a-half years after a terror attack on a beach in which 30 Britons were killed. “It’s been really impressive what I’ve seen over the last few days,” Wallace told reporters in Tunis. “I look forward to the fact there’s gonna be lots more British people coming in the next few weeks.” Wallace has been in Tunisia since Wednesday for talks with officials onRead More
Tunis (AFP) French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged support for Tunisia at an “important moment” for its fragile democracy as he arrived on a first visit two weeks after protests rocked the country. “We are at an important moment in the life of Tunisia,” Macron said at a press conference with his counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi. “We want to accompany you,” he said. “We want to allow the youth of Tunisia to succeed.” Tunisians ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 in protests that sparked theRead More
Tunis (AFP) Plain-clothed Tunisian police on Saturday broke up a demonstration by LGBT activists in the centre of the capital after it was banned “for their own security”, the interior ministry said. A call had been made to protest outside the tourism ministry under the hashtag “#Sayebni” (“Let me go”) to demand the repeal of “retrograde” laws and the end of “the criminalisation of sexual freedom and discrimination against women”. But activists said late Friday they had been told by the interior ministry that their demonstration had been banned. “WeRead More
Kasserine (Tunisia) (AFP) Tunisian security forces have killed a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was wanted by Algeria for two and a half decades, officials said. “A terrorist wanted by Algeria since 1993 was killed in an operation carried out by the Special Unit of the National Guard,” Tunisian interior ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani said Saturday. A security source said the person killed was Bilel Kobi, an Algerian who was close to the network’s leader Abdelmalek Droukdel. Kobi had been charged with overseeing links between theRead More
Tunis (AFP) The first ever film festival celebrating the LGBT community is underway in Tunisia, a Muslim country where homosexuals can face up to three years in prison. Twelve short and medium-length films produced in Tunisia and across the Middle East and North Africa are being shown at the “Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival” that opened Monday. The four-day event is organised by Mawjoudin, Arabic for “We Exist”, a Tunisian non-governmental association which defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is the first event of its kindRead More
Tunis (AFP) Tunisia said Monday more than 930 people have been arrested since social unrest erupted a week ago, fuelled by unemployment, corruption and austerity measures in the 2018 budget. “A total of 937 people are in custody” after acts of violence, theft or vandalism, interior ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani told AFP. On Sunday, the North African country marked the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that gave birth to the Arab Spring. Chibani said 41 people aged between 13 and 19 were detained on Sunday amid fresh protests. The authoritiesRead More