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A statement of solidarity with the activist Boshra Belhaj Hamida

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: A statement of solidarity with the activist Boshra Belhaj Hamidaالعربية (Arabic)

Tunisia on December 25, 2021

The undersigned associations and personalities were surprised that on 24 December 2021, the Criminal Division of the Court of First Instance of Tunisia handed down a judgement in absentia against the political activist, President of the Committee on Individual Liberties and Equality, and the human rights activist and feminist, Boshra Belhaj Hamida against the background of a criminal complaint filed by former Minister of Sports Tarek Diab, which dates back to 2012, against the background of a media statement accusing him of corruption.

Therefore, it is important for the undersigned associations and personalities to express:

-Their solidarity and stand by one of the most prominent fighters of human rights, women’s rights, and the rights of the most vulnerable groups to discrimination and stigmatization as well as, the former President of the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women, Boshra Belhaj Hamida.

-Their concerns by the fact that the investigating judge, who had committed himself to the file and who had returned the complainant’s hearing, “could not hear the complainant,” and then closed the search. He then referred the file to the attention of the Sixth Criminal Division, which, in turn, sentenced the Boshra Belhaj Hamida in absentia to 6 months’ imprisonment.

-That the adjudication of a case was dating back to 2012, despite its prescription, suggests that the Tunisian judiciary was used to prosecute human rights activist Boshra Belhaj Hamida, an attempt that will fail because the activist who did not remain silent during the time of repression and dictatorship will not be intimidated by unfair ruling texts justified by trivial reasons such as the inability to reach her domicile address.

-Strongly condemning this judgment in absentia, which indicates an attempt to silence peoples’ voices and harm freedom of expression, because targeting women activists in these circumstances and threatening them to issue unjust sentences against them is political violence imposed on them and an attempt to discourage them from freely expressing their opinions and actively participating in public life.

-Calling all female defenders of freedoms and basic rights to confront all attempts to strike freedoms and human rights under any title and whoever is behind them.

-Their denunciation of the phenomenon of judgments in absentia affecting thousands of Tunisian women, female defenders and defenders of women’s rights and individual and political freedoms as well as, addresses the “judicial authority” to question it about the outcomes of real cases related to violence against women, terrorism, corruption, and assassinations.

All solidarity with Professor Boshra Belhaj Hamida

Signing Associations and Organizations:

  1. Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Liberties
  2. Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights
  3. Tunisian Association of Democratic Women
  4. The National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists
  5. Beity Association
  6. International Federation for Human Rights, Tunis office
  7. Legal Agenda Association Tunisia
  8. Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights
  9. Tunisian Association of the United Nations
  10. Lawyers Without Borders
  11. OMCT – World Organization Against Torture
  12. Support Center for Democratic Transition and Human Rights (Daam)
  13. Damj the Tunisian Association for Justice and Equality
  14. Intersection for Rights and Freedoms Association
  15. Association to Activate the Right to Differ
  16. The National Observatory for the Defense of the State’s Civilization
  17. Freedom Martyr Organization Nabil al-Barakati, memory and loyalty
  18. Euro-Mediterranean Rights Network
  19. Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia
  20. Association of Citizenship, Development, Cultures, and Migration
  21. Karama Association
  22. The Tunisian Association for the Defense of University Values
  23. Bena Association for Media and Development
  24. Nashaz Association
  25. Tunisian Network for Transitional Justice
  26. Street Art Association
  27. Tunisian Alliance for Dignity and Rehabilitation
  28. Women’s Voices Association
  29. Shams Association
  30. Altalaki Organization
  31. Hassan El Saadawi Association for Democracy and Equality
  32. Free Vision Association
  33. The Tunisian Association for the Cultural Movement
  34. Tawheeda Belsheikh Group
  35. Speak for Freedom of Expression and Creativity
  36. Tunisian Association for Positive Prevention
  37. Association of Tunisian Women for Research on Development
  38. Publish Association for Transparency
  39. Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities
  40. The Federation of Tunisians for Citizenship on the Two Banks (FTCR)
  41. UTAC, Union of Tunisians for Citizen Action

Signing Personalities:

  1. Soheir Belhassan, Honorary President of the International Federation for Human Rights
  2. Hafiza Choucair Professor of Public Law and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights
  3. Khadija Cherif, former president of the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women
  4. Yosra Ferous, former president of the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women
  5. Saida Guarraj
  6. Professor Masoud Ramadan
  7. Mr. Mounir Al-Sharafi
  8. Wahid Ferchichi, Professor of Public Law at the University of Carthage
  9. Wafaa Ferous, feminist
  10. Professor El-Almi El Khedhri
  11. Tarek Ben Heiba
  12. Habib Al-Qazdali
  13. Mohamed Maali, a journalist, writer, and translator – civil society activist
  14. Mr. Faraj Fneish, a high official at the United Nations
  15. Taoufik bin Abdullah, economist, and human rights defender

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: A statement of solidarity with the activist Boshra Belhaj Hamidaالعربية (Arabic)

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