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Transitional Justice in Tunisia: A Painful but Necessary Step Forward
Recent public hearings of Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) saw a painful period of collective introspection for the country’s people. Tales of humiliations, torture, and rape committed over a near-60 year period—starting at around the time of Tunisia’s independence from France—were broadcast in eight live public hearing sessio...

British DJ sentenced to prison over call to prayer remix
A British DJ was sentenced to one year in prison in Tunisia after he remixed a call to prayer in one of his songs during a music festival. The nightclub in the coastal town of Hammamet where the incident took place was immediately shut down after videos of the event appeared on Facebook. Many Tunisians...

Tunisian Flight Company Cancels Flights
Tunisair, the flag carrier airline of Tunisia, announced the withholding of all of its flights until further notice starting from today. This announcement followed the dispute between crew members of the flight 716 to Paris, and the technical staff. The airplane was scheduled to take off at 8:35 this morning, but the flight was cancelled...

Ben Ali’s personal plane sold to Turkey
Turkish airlines have paid over $70 million for the personal aircraft of former Tunisian autocrat , Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisair have said. According to a spokesperson for the national carrier, the Turkish firm bought the Airbus A340 for 181 million dinars ($78 million), though no date was provided for the sale. The Airbus...

45 percent of young Tunisians looking for new life abroad
Nearly half of all Tunisian youth are prepared to emigrate, even illegally, the authors of a recent study have claimed. According to the survey by the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights (FTDES), in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation (RLS) 45 percent of young people across the country are hoping to migrate,...

Inquests into Sousse attack to remain confidential
The UK has requested that details from government inquests into the 2015 Sousse beach attack that killed 30 British tourists be kept confidential, citing concerns that publicly disclosing information about security could aid terrorists in orchestrating future assaults, The Guardian reports. Information about the attack, one of the deadliest in Tuni...

Human rights group slams journalists’ prosecution
A leading human rights pressure group has called for the dropping of charges against two Tunisian journalists accused of criticizing the country’s armed forces. Rached Khiari, chief editor of the newspaper and website Al Sadaa, (The Echo) and independent journalist,  Jamel Arfaoui have both been charged in separate incidents relating to all...

Tunisia2020 attracts billions in foreign funds
Tunisia has received around $8 billion in pledges of loans and grants from regional and western powers to be introduced over the next four years. The funds, announced during the two day Tunisia2020 investment conference is hoped to smooth the way for Tunisia’s continued democratic transition and will help the country tackle its widespread un...

President Beji Caid Essebsi turns 90
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi turns 90 today, distinguishing him as the world’s third oldest living head of state, behind Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. A lawyer by trade, Essebsi boasts a unique political career that stretches back decades. In the earliest years of Tunisia’s independence, Essebsi esta...

Countdown to the future: Tunisia 2020 to start tomorrow
The international investment conference that many hope will kick-start the Tunisian economy is due to start in Tunis tomorrow. Despite democratic gains since the revolution, Tunisia continues to struggle with widespread unemployment and poor or barely existent infrastructure development. According to the government’s news agency, TAP levels o...