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(Amnesty International) 14 January 2011

Amnesty International is today calling on the Tunisian authorities to rescind permissions to “shoot on sight”, after a wave of protests led to the reported departure from the country of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and a state of emergency imposed.

Amnesty International’s investigative team in Tunisia has reported media broadcasts warning that gatherings of more than three people will not be tolerated, and that anyone breaking the curfew exposes themselves to the risk of being shot.  After the announcement, the team reported hearing shots.

“It is simply irresponsible to grant the power to ‘shoot on sight’,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“It is not by continuing to shoot demonstrators that public order will be restored. The bloody crackdown must end.”

This power appears to grant official sanction to the Tunisian security forces to commit extrajudicial executions – in violation of Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which guarantees the right to life and prohibits arbitrary deprivation of life.

“The Tunisian authorities have a responsibility to preserve law and order and to protect the rights and safety of its population,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

“However, human rights must be upheld even in situations of emergency. Any action by the state, including invoking emergency powers, must be in full conformity with international human rights standards.

“Such licence given to the army and security forces, in a very volatile situation, could be a recipe for further violence and killings,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

“Both the police and army should know that they can’t hide behind orders to shoot at protestors, and that they will be held accountable for their actions.”

Under Article 4 of the ICCPR, Tunisia may not under any circumstances suspend basic rights notably the right to life, the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment, as well as fundamental principles of fair trial and freedom from arbitrary detention.

Certain other rights may be limited, “in time of public emergency which threatens the life of the nation,” but only “to the extent strictly required” and as long as this does not conflict with the nation’s other international obligations, and if the government immediately informs the UN Secretary General about what rights have been suspended and why.

“After more than two decades of ruthless repression, Tunisian authorities must now realize that the time for accountability has come,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

“The licence to ‘shoot on sight’ must be rescinded and, if Tunisia is to move forward, reform of the security apparatus must be a priority.”

(Salon.com) Soldiers and police have exchanged fire with assailants in front of Tunisia’s Interior Ministry amid unrest after the longtime president was ousted.

Associated Press reporters saw the shootout Saturday that left two bodies on the ground on a big square in central Tunis. It was not clear whether the two were dead or injured, or who they were. Snipers could be seen lying down on top of the ministry’s roof. The exchange came soon after Tunisia swore in a new interim president on Saturday. The country has been grappling with looting, deadly fires and widespread unrest after protests forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee on Friday. Read more…

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Poverty has been growing in North Africa since the beginning of the year. The price of food staples is soaring, there is less and less work, further reducing the pitiful spectrum of everyone’s means of survival. They are bringing out the old trick of the “crisis”, making us believe that misery and revolt are new phenomena produced by it, while they are as old as money and authority. It only took a few sparks in Tunisia to set fire to the powderkeg of an already explosive situation, right to Algeria.
Cops attacked, government buildings, schools, customs, warehouses, police stations, car dealerships, banks and businesses targeted, coordinated roadblocks. Contrary to what power and journalistcops are saying, these riots are not limited to a few imaginary categories (“young”, “graduates”, “unemployed”, “extremist”) but are expressed widely, and their targets are clear.

Opposite, the state’s response is equally clear: in Tunisia, the cops respond to blocks by sniper fire, leaving dozens dead. In Algeria too, thousands of arrests, torture, detentions and killings, while the convictions have started and will continue. As always, as everywhere, the social war is raging, urging everyone to choose sides.
Already democratic or religious scavengers are rushing to recuperate these rebellions for political purposes, calling for reform or regime change, to divert this anger expressed in deed against any form of regime or government. They are already preparing the afterwards, wanting to replace the control of the dictatorship by democratic control, in other words, develop power to make it acceptable.
We who live in democracy, we can say that even if the daily living conditions are less harsh than under a dictatorship, democratic freedoms have never made us free. The freedom that we desire, that, is total and unconditional. Therefore this insurgent breeze, such as in Greece since December 2008 or in France in November 2005, warms our hearts.

That’s why we want to blow on the embers, and then spread the revolt.
Here, everywhere, now, all the time.
The revolution must come from the slums, because only bullets and blows come from above.

(via feartosleep) Original article: http://www.non-fides.fr/?De-Sidi-Bouzid-a-Bab-el-Oued


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(Hot Trend News) 24 Dec 2010 Tunisian Teen Dies In Riot: Tyro Union

TUNIS (AFP) – A Tunisian teen died on Friday and ten others were harmed during a aroused proof following days of tragedy over a student’s attempted suicide, a kinship personality told AFP.

Mohamed Ammari, who was 18, died when he was shot in the go through during a fight with confidence forces in the locale of Menzel Bouzaiene, in the executive Sidi Bouzid region, pronounced tyro deputy Mohamed Fadhel. Read more…