Category: Tunisia

The Arab world rising

Islamists tackle constitutional matters differently in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria

April 1, 2012 | Comments (3)

THE uprisings of 2011 fostered hopes for democracy in the Arab world, but also a big fear: what if the old tyrannies go, only to be replaced by new, Islamic ones? This fear has pushed some in Syria, especially its minorities, into a grudging tolerance for the brutal, but at least secular regime. A similar […]

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Women in Tunisia

Tunisian Law Allows Rapists to Avoid Prosecution in Case of Marriage with Victim

March 30, 2012 | Comments (0)

In spite of having a strong reputation for being one of the most progressive Arab countries regarding the status of women, Tunisia still has a long way to go when it comes to laws regarding violence against women, expressed Bochra Haj Hmida, a Tunisian lawyer and activist. Women’s legal protection against violence in North Africa […]

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Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis, Tunisia

Tunisia bans rallies on capital’s main avenue

March 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

Tunisia’s interior ministry has banned demonstrations on the capital’s main avenue which has become a hub of protests since the fall of strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in January last year. “Following complaints from traders and citizens, the interior ministry has decided to ban from this day all demonstrations and any other means of […]

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Efforts to Abolish Death Penalty in Tunisia

Efforts to Abolish Death Penalty in Tunisia Impeded by Islamic Law

March 29, 2012 | Comments (2)

Efforts to do away with the death penalty in Tunisia, which have grown since the revolution, are being held back by the tenets of Islamic Law, says the head of Amnesty International in Tunisia. “The abolition of the death penalty is causing a controversy within the Constituent Assembly as some members affiliated with Ennahda are […]

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The Anonymous Hacker in Tunisia

Group Claiming Anonymous Affiliation Hacks Tunisian Ministry of Justice Website

March 28, 2012 | Comments (1)

The most recent cyber-attack in Tunisia took down the website of the Ministry of Justice this morning, and a group claiming affiliation with the loose international collective Anonymous has taken credit for the action on its Facebook page. The attack was motivated by alleged aggression on the part of the Tunisian National Guard against protesters at the […]

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Tunisians praying in Tunisia

Tunisia’s constitution will not be based on Sharia: Islamist party

March 27, 2012 | Comments (1)

Tunisia’s governing Islamist party said it will not support making sharia, or Islamic law, the main source of legislation in a new constitution and will maintain the secular nature of the state. Ennahda’s stance on an issue that has increasingly polarized the country since the January 2011 revolution was criticized by hardline Islamists who wanted […]

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Radical Islamist protest on the Monday 25th March 2012, would Ennahda still bring control in Tunisia

Tunisia’s Ennahda to oppose sharia in constitution

March 27, 2012 | Comments (1)

The moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which leads Tunisia’s government, will not back calls by conservatives to make Islamic law, or sharia, the main source of legislation in a new constitution, a senior party official said on Monday. “Ennahda has decided to retain the first clause of the previous constitution without change,” Ameur Larayed told Radio […]

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Islamist in Tunisia captial today, Tunis.

Tunisian Islamists march through centre of Tunis to demand Islamic state

March 26, 2012 | Comments (3)

About 8,000 conservative Salafi Islamists filled the capital’s Habib Bourguiba Avenue, a focal point of the 2011 revolution that sparked uprisings across the Arab world. Waving black flags, they shouted slogans demanding that Islamic law, or sharia, be defined as the main source of legislation in Tunisia’s new constitution. “This is not a show of […]

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Salafist demonstration

Several Thousand Salafists Demonstrate for Islamic Law, Attack Dramatists in Tunis

March 26, 2012 | Comments (2)

A group of several thousand Salafists and their supporters demonstrated in downtown Tunis today in support of the Koran, claiming that the Muslim holy book was under threat by more secular elements of Tunisian society. Demonstrators climbed the clock tower of Tunis to fly black caliphate flags from the top of the tower and chanted […]

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Hacker in Tunisia wrote we "want you out now! You have done nothing for the country!"

Anonymous Hacks Website of Political Party Ennahda

March 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

The website of Ennahda, Tunisia’s largest political party, was hacked this morning by a Tunisian group claiming affiliation with the international cyber activist collective, Anonymous. The hacktivists wrote a message on saying that the party has done nothing for the Tunisian people so far, and called it to leave. “As long as there is […]

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Tunisian National Constituent Assembly

Role of Islamic Law in Tunisian Constitution Provokes Debate

March 23, 2012 | Comments (1)

Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) has begun the process of drafting the country’s new constitution, and consequently different political movements have lobbied tirelessly to influence the composition of the new constitution. Inevitably, the question of how Tunisia’s Arab Muslim identity should be expressed has been central to the debate surrounding the formation of the country’s […]

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A women waves the Tunisian flag in Tunis during a demonstration.

Road ahead rocky for Tunisia’s newly liberated media

March 21, 2012 | Comments (2)

Islamists attacked Nessma television station in October for airing an Iranian animated film that depicted God, accusing it of stirring up trouble on the eve of Tunisia’s first election since the uprising that ousted Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Police detained the protesters, but also put Nessma’s boss on trial. Among the charges: violating “sacred values”. […]

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Thousands of secular Tunisians marched in the capital to show their rejection of growing calls by conservative Salafi Islamists to transform post-revolutionary Tunisia into an Islamic state. (Reuters)

Tunisian protesters reject calls for Islamic state

March 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

Thousands of secular Tunisians marched in the capital on Tuesday, the country’s independence day, to show their rejection of growing calls by conservative Salafi Islamists to transform post-revolutionary Tunisia into an Islamic state. Carrying Tunisia’s red and white flag, several thousand protesters filled Bourguiba Avenue, a focal point of protests that ousted strongman Zine al-Abidine […]

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Google celebrating Tunisian Independence

Google Celebrates Tunisian Independence Day With Tunisian Flag Doodle

March 20, 2012 | Comments (4)

Tunisians woke up this morning to the Google logo transformed into the Tunisian flag, honoring Tunisian Independence Day. A click on the changed Google logo or “Doodle” leads to a Google Search of “Istiklal Tunis” or Tunisian Independence in Arabic. The last Tunisian themed Doodle was designed for the October 23rd Constituent Assembly elections to remind […]

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Tunisians on a march

Tunisian ‘Pirate Party’ gets legal approval

March 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Tunisian interior ministry just legalised Africa’s first anti-censorship political party. The Tunisian Pirate Party, approved on March 13th, is a branch of the worldwide cyber-activist movement. “We established our party to gather together all those thirsty for knowledge hampered by barriers put in place by the political authority in the country, and our goal […]

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Tunisian standing with the flag of Tunisia and the Islamic flag

Battle for Tunisia’s soul worries country’s leaders

March 19, 2012 | Comments (2)

Tunisian president’s office has warned of attempts to sow division inside the country, after a series of incidents that highlight the growing tension between advocates of Islamist and secular values. In a statement issued Sunday, the president’s office expressed concern over the profanation of mosques in the capital Tunis and in Ben Guerdane, to the […]

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People gather for Sharia in Tunisia

More Than 4,000 People Descend on Constituent Assembly to Call For Sharia Law

March 17, 2012 | Comments (3)

Around 4,000 people gathered today in front of the National Constituent Assembly, calling for the implementation of Shariaa law in the new constitution. Shariaa is Islamic law derived from the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed. Shouts of ‘takbir‘ – an affirmation of the greatness of God – and slogans such as “the […]

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Would this be the future of Tunisia?

Islamic Tunisian Associations Organize Protest Calling For Sharia Law

March 16, 2012 | Comments (4)

The Tunisian Front of Islamic Associations is organizing a protest calling for the implementation of shariaa – Islamic law derived from the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed – in the new constitution. Entitled, “Friday of Supporting Shariaa,” the protest is scheduled to be held tomorrow in front of the National Constituent Assembly […]

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