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Political Prisoners Still Held in Tunisia

Posted on Jan 22, 2011
AP / Christophe Ena

Youths gather around candles in Tunis on Saturday. Even after the deposing of the former president, political prisoners remain in Tunisian jails.

Even after the formation of a new government in Tunisia, an estimated 500 to 1,000 political prisoners are still being held in Tunisian jails, despite the post-Ben Ali government’s promise to release all political detainees. —JCL

The Guardian:

The new Tunisian government is still holding between 500 and 1,000 prisoners accused of often vaguely worded terrorism offences, despite a promise to release all political detainees.

While hundreds of prisoners of conscience have already been released since the fall of the government of the dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali last week, concern is mounting over the uncertain fate of a second group convicted under draconian anti-terror laws.

According to those familiar with their cases many were tried under deeply flawed legal procedures or had confessions tortured out of them, often after being targeted for their religious beliefs.

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By socks, January 23, 2011 at 3:18 am Link to this comment

Being an American, I see how religious fundamentalists
use their supremacist ideas to hold our nation’s
political system hostage. Instead of making use of the
difference between civil laws, citizenship, and
patriotism versus their own religious, private
practices, so that citizens of varying faiths also
enjoy freedom as equal members of our society.

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By berniem, January 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

Which one of the “C” St. thugs are pulling the strings here? Coburn or Inhofe or both with a little help from the Coe “Family”?

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