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Tunisia: Parliament Passes Anti-Terrorism Law

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 7, 2015, the Tunisian Parliament passed Law 26 of 2015 on combating terrorism and money laundering. The Law was approved by a large majority: 174 of the 217 members of the Parliament voted in favor of it. The Law replaces a 2003 law on the subject and was passed in […]

Tunisia: State of Emergency Declared

(July 8, 2015) On July 4, 2015, following the June 26 terrorist attack in Tunisia’s beach resort city of Sousse, in which 38 tourists were killed, the country’s President Beji Caid Essebsi announced a 30-day state of emergency. Under such a situation, security forces have more powers and the right of assembly is limited. Furthermore, […]

Tunisia: Parliament Passes New Election Laws

(May 7, 2014) Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia’s assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs the country’s presidential and the parliamentary elections. (The National Assembly Passes New Election Law [in Arabic], AL […]

Tunisia: New Constitution Adopted by National Assembly

(Jan. 28, 2014) On January 27, 2014, the National Assembly of Tunisia approved the final draft of the country’s Constitution. Two hundred members of the legislature, exceeding the two-thirds majority required for passage, voted in favor of the new document. The new Constitution will replace the 1956 Constitution, which was drafted after Tunisia won independence […]

Tunisia: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Abolition of Anti-Terrorism Law

(Nov. 6, 2012) On October 28, 2012, the organization Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb issued a statement demanding that the ruling Al Nahda Islamic Party of Tunisia abolish Law 75-2003, on combating terrorism. Analysts considered such a statement by the organization an implicit threat to the current ruling party. (Al Qaeda in the Islamic […]

Tunisia: Vote on Final Draft of Constitution Scheduled for April 2013

(Aug. 16, 2012) On August 14, 2012, the El Nahda Islamic Party of Tunisia announced that the final draft of the country's new Constitution will be submitted for a vote at the end of April 2013 to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), Tunisia's temporary parliament in place until a constitution is finalized. The Party stated […]

Tunisia: Draft Law to Create Special Court for Crimes Related to the Revolution

(July 19, 2012) On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. The draft directs the transfer of cases involving these crimes from the military courts to the […]

Tunisia: Former President Convicted of Attempted Murder

(June 14, 2012) In June 2012, the Military Court of Tunisia found former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali guilty in absentia of inciting violence and attempted murder. The court sentenced Ben Ali to 20 years of imprisonment. It convicted him for ordering police forces to open fire on protesters during the Tunisian revolution, in the […]

Tunisia: President Extends the State of Emergency

(May 8, 2012) On May 5, 2012, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki extended the execution of the State of Emergency Law throughout the country until July 2012. The previous extension occurred on March 31, 2012, and the latest action marks the fifth executive extension instituted in the past 14 months. Marzouki issued the decree after holding […]

Tunisia: Move to Criminalize Normalization of Relations with Israel in the New Penal Code

(Mar. 27, 2012) Some political factions have demanded that the ruling Islamic party in Tunisia, al Nahdah, should insert a provision in the country's penal code criminalizing the act of normalization of relations with Israel. These organizations also asked the Constituent Assembly to introduce a provision in the new constitution banning any transactions with the […]