Samir Dilou is currently Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice. He is also a lawyer and member of the Executive Bureau of the Ennahdha Party, a position which he also occupied in the government of former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. Dilou was born in 1966 in Lafayette, Tunis. He began his political activities in 1984 when he was 16 years old. That same year, he was arrested and subsequently prohibited from attending any public school, due to his participation in the popular “Bread Uprising.” Dilou is a graduate of the law school in Sousse, where he was active with the Student’s Union (UGET). During the week of his graduation in 1991, he was sentenced to spend ten years in prison, along with a colleague of his in the Student’s Union. Dilou is well-known for legally defending political activists accused of being Islamists. He is one of the founders of the International Organization to Defend Political Prisoners and an active member of Truth and Work Organization in Switzerland, as well. Source: Attounisia TV introduction to Samir Dilou, in Hiwar Khasse (Special Dialogue) TV show.
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