Tuesday, 06 June 2023 11:52 GMT

Tunisia's Opposition Bloc Demands Release of Political Prisoners Amid Deep Crisis

(MENAFN) Tunisia's main opposition bloc, Ennahda movement, has demanded the release of political prisoners amid an ongoing crisis in the North African nation. Abdelkarim Harouni, a leader of the Ennahda movement, spoke to protesters in the national capital of Tunis, calling on authorities to confront the truth of the charges against the political prisoners who were detained.

Harouni noted that the detainees' conditions have improved recently due to visits and monitoring requests from local and international human rights organizations. Supporters of the National Salvation Front (NSF) also staged a protest in Tunis, condemning what they called a "coup" by President Kais Saied.

Tunisia has been in the throes of a deep political crisis that has aggravated the country's economic conditions since 2021 when Saied ousted the government and dissolved parliament. Since then, he has held a referendum to draft a new constitution in July and parliamentary elections in December.

While the Tunisian leader insists that his measures were meant to "save" the country, critics have accused him of orchestrating a coup. The crisis has resulted in a crackdown on opposition figures, journalists, and civil society organizations, with many people being arrested and detained without trial.

The situation in Tunisia has raised concerns among the international community, with many countries and organizations calling for respect for human rights and the rule of law. The European Union, in particular, has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in the country and has called on Tunisian authorities to uphold democratic principles.

The demand for the release of political prisoners by Tunisia's opposition bloc highlights the need for greater respect for human rights and the rule of law in the country. The international community must continue to support efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Tunisia, and to hold authorities accountable for any violations of these principles. Only then can Tunisia overcome its current crisis and move towards a more stable and prosperous future.


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