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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a process conducted by States within the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, consists of "reviewing the human rights achievements of all UN Member States".

On 17 August 2022, Alkarama and the Association of Victims of Torture in Tunisia (AVTT) addressed the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression regarding the case of Mr Salah Attia, a journalist and political analyst, who was sentenced on Tuesday to three months in prison by the Permanent Military Tribunal of Tunis.

Mr Salah Attia was arrested on 11 June 2022 by agents in civilian clothes while he was in a café in the Ibn Khaldoun district.

The human rights situation in Tunisia will be examined for the fourth time in the framework of its next Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council scheduled for 2-18 November 2022 in Geneva.

Our concerns
  • Inadequate protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in domestic legislation and persistence of past practices;
  • Permanent state of emergency facilitating violations of the fundamental rights and guarantees of individuals;
  • Impunity of perpetrators of past violations documented by the Truth and Dignity Commission.


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