Tunisia: Parliament Shouldn’t Undercut Transitional Justice

(Tunis) – Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission should be allowed to carry out its mandate, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission was created to establish the truth about human rights violations by Tunisia’s abusive past governments and to help victims get reparations and justice….

Algeria: New Wave of Deportations

(Tunis) – Algerian authorities have rounded up hundreds of sub-Saharan Africans since January 2018, including women and children, expelling many of them to Niger, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities have deprived those arrested of their right to challenge their detention and possible deportation,…

Morocco: New Violence Against Women Law

(Tunis) – Morocco’s new law on violence against women provides protections for survivors but contains gaps that should be addressed, Human Rights Watch said today.   After more than a decade of advocacy by Moroccan women’s rights organizations, Morocco has adopted Law no. 103-13 on…

Mauritania: Activist Arrested for Social Media Posts

(Tunis) – Mauritanian authorities have detained an activist since January 24, 2018, apparently over social media posts decrying discrimination, Human Rights Watch said today. The activist, Abdallahi Salem Ould Yali, used social media to urge the country’s Haratines, a group descended from slaves who comprise…

Morocco: Review Conviction of Protest Leader

(Tunis) – Moroccan authorities should urgently review the conviction of an activist sentenced to five years in prison in possible reprisal for his activism in a social protest movement, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should ensure that no confession obtained by coercion is…

Tunisia: Parliament Member Prosecuted for Insulting Army

Expand Tunisian protesters stand outside a military court in Tunis as they demonstrate in support of blogger Yassine Ayari during his appeal hearing on March 3, 2015.  © 2015 Getty Images   (Tunis, January 23, 2018) – A Tunisian blogger who recently won election to…