Emily Parker, Author at Tunisia Live Emily Parker, Author at Tunisia Live

Emily Parker



Corruption Rife in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia, According to Survey
Results of a survey released this week revealed that a stark majority of Tunisians – more than 80 percent – believe that the level of corruption in their country has increased, rather than decreased, since the revolution. Whether in the police force, tax revenue services, media, or other institutions, corruption remains ubiquitous...

Two Years after Revolution, Judges Still Protesting Lack of Autonomy
Months of debate and protest culminated yesterday in the election of ten judges to a Temporary Judicial Council (TJC) tasked with ensuring the independence of Tunisia’s judicial system until a new constitution is finalized, but a number of judges boycotted Sunday’s elections, claiming that the new body fails to provide the country with ...

Deep Political Divide Over Calls to Dissolve Tunisian Government
Tunisian political parties are divided over the demands to dissolve the government issued by major opposition parties Nidaa Tounes and the Popular Front on Thursday. In a press release signed by opposition party leader and potential presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi, Nidaa Tounes leaders called Thursday to dissolve Tunisia's current g...

Nidaa Tounes, Major Opposition Party, Calls for Dissolution of Government
Major Tunisian opposition party Nidaa Tounes called for the dissolution of the country’s current government in a statement released this evening. In the press release, signed by the party’s leader and potential presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi, Nidaa Tounes leaders call to replace Tunisia’s current government with a new &#...

Tunisian Femen Activist Amina Remains in Jail as Trial Continues
The trial of controversial Tunisian Femen activist Amina Sboui continued Thursday, as her lawyers appealed the most minor conviction in a list of charges against her. Sboui was arrested in the city of Kairouan on May 19 and convicted on May 30 of carrying an illegal gas spray and fined 300 dinars (182 U.S. dollars). Her...

‘Political Tourism’ in the NCA: No Passport Necessary
For decades, Tunisia’s ancient ruins and sunny resorts have fueled the country’s tourism. After Tunisia’s 2011 revolution and subsequent move towards democratic politics, a new form of “tourism” has emerged, and it does not require passports or airplanes. Satirically termed “political tourism” by the Tunisi...

Marzouki Breaks with Party, Opposes Bill Excluding Ben Ali-Era Politicians
Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki has broken with the majority of the ruling coalition by publicly opposing the Law for the Protection of the Revolution, a proposed piece of legislation that would exclude members of Tunisia's pre-revolutionary government from holding public office. In an interview broadcast Saturday on Tunisian state...

Femen Activists Rescind Apology, Speak Out on Treatment in Tunisian Prison
Less than 24 hours after their release, three European Femen activists have retracted the apology that set them free from Tunisian prison on Wednesday. The activists, Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern, both from France, and Josephine Markmann, a German, were arrested May 29 for protesting topless at a Tunis courthouse in support of fellow Tun...

Choucha Refugee Camp to Close, Leaving Hundreds of Residents in Limbo
Choucha camp, the Tunisian refugee camp established in 2011 to house those fleeing the Libyan conflict, is set to close this Sunday. After two years of occupying tents under the harsh desert sun, the camp’s 443 remaining refugees and asylum seekers face limited options. The UNHCR has offered these individuals the option of integration into...

Tunisia’s Military: Striving to Sidestep Politics as Challenges Mount
Tunisia’s military is widely perceived as having successfully maintained its historically non-political role in Tunisian society throughout the country’s 2011 revolution. In a region where national armies and political struggles have made for not-so-strange bedfellows, this nonpartisan mindset makes the Tunisian military something of an...