The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Tunisia expressed today, Monday, its grave concern over the continued accusation of police personnel of committing “gross violations” of human rights against demonstrators, calling on the authorities to open investigations to end impunity.
The OHCHR office affirmed in a statement that it is “deeply concerned about the continuing allegations of grave violations of human rights by internal security forces.”
The statement of the OHCHR came after confrontations between young men and policemen. During the past week in the Sidi Husein El Sejoumi neighborhood on the outskirts of Tunis, following the death of a young man shortly after his arrest.
Clashes between the police and protesters in the neighborhood of Sidi Hussein Al-Sejoumi on Saturday
A video spread On social media, outrage in the Tunisian street shows a minor who was arrested on Wednesday, naked and beaten, before being taken by people believed to be policemen in civilian clothes to a police car.
The UNHCR office obtained data during the first half of 2021 about Facts “related to numerous serious incidents involving members of the armed forces
Tunisian and international organizations condemned the two incidents and held the authorities responsible for that.
On Saturday, dozens of protesters demonstrated Left-wing activists and residents of a number of popular neighborhoods in front of the Ministry of Interior, carrying banners that read phrases, including “Who protects us from the police?” and “Save a life.. sued a policeman.”
A demonstration in Tunisia on Saturday against police violence
The mothers of three young men who died in the past three years participated in the demonstration. They were arrested, and demanded “justice” for their children.
The UNHCR office confirmed that “these massive and repeated violations since the beginning of 2021 highlight a continuous imbalance in the internal security apparatus, and its settlement requires a firm will” by the executive and judicial authorities and Internal Security.
The organization urged the Tunisian authorities to urgently launch transparent and independent administrative and judicial investigations into these allegations, considering that punishing those “actually responsible for these violations” puts an end to impunity.
For its part, the Ministry of Interior said last weekend that it had opened two investigations into the death of the young man and the video of police personnel treating the minor.
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In this context, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Tunisia said that “the The Tunisian government is called upon to redouble efforts to demonstrate its commitment to international treaties with regard to human rights.