24 October 2018 Arbitrary restrictions on movement in Tunisia

Amnesty International (AI) has published a report on 24 October on the Tunisian “national plan to combat terrorism”. The report comes after the authorities have imposed executive border control orders that according to AI have restricted the right to freedom of movement of thousands of individuals since 2013.AI considers the measures discriminatory and based on appearance, religious practices or previous criminal convictions. The report adds that in many cases, these have amounted to de facto travel bans, without providing a justification or obtaining a court order; and have negatively affected individuals’ livelihoods or have involved their arbitrary arrest and short-term detention. Since the uprising in 2011, Tunisia has faced a number of security threats and the authorities’ response has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups.