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Geschreven door op 26 May 1997 10:40:40 met als onderwerp: OMCT:TUN260597/WOMEN/TUNISIA/TORTUR


Case TUN 260597

The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT
intervention in the following situation in Tunisia.

Brief description of the situation :
The International Secretariat has been informed, by reliable sources,
of the alleged detention of Ms Rachida Ben Salem at the Ministry of
Interior, in the Centre of Tunis. Ms Rachida Ben Salem, wife of
M'barek Sghair M'Barek, is from El-Hamma (Gabes) in the South of
Tunesia and had been missing since 18 May 1997.

Ms Rachida Ben Salem, whose husband is a political refugee in the
Netherlands, has been a victim of harassment, since her husband left
the country in 1992. According to the information received, her only
way to end her harassment was to go into exile.

Members of the police force apparently visited every evening to ensure
that she remained in the country and during the day, she was summoned
at the police station where it is alleged that she was subjected to
further humiliation. It is alleged that Ms Rachida Ben Salem and her
two children Hager (7) and Esma (5) were caught by frontier guards
while trying to reach Lybia by going trough the desert.

The Tunisian authorities returned the two children to the father of
M'barek Sghair M'Barek.

OMCT notes that on Wednesday, 28 May 1997, the 10-day legal limit for
police custody under Tunisian law will be reached.

It is further alleged that the place of detention where Ms Rachida Ben
Salem is currently detained is known as a centre where detainees are

Given that members of the family of both Ms Rachida Ben Salem and
M'barek Sghair M'Barek are alleged to have been subjected to torture
and ill treatment in the past, the International Secretariat is
gravely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Ms
Rachida Ben Salem

Action requested :
Please write to the Tunisian authorities urging them to :

i. guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Ms Rachida
Ben Salem and members of her family;

ii. order her immediate release if she is detained without valid
charges or, if such charges exist, bring her without delay before an
impartial and competent tribunal and guarantee her procedural rights
at all times;

iii. carry out an exhaustive and impartial enquiry into the facts,
identify those responsible, bring them to justice and apply the penal,
civil and/or administrative sanctions provided by law;

iv ensure in all circumstances the respect for human rights and
fundamental freedoms in accordance with national laws and
international standards.

Addresses :
M. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Chef de l'Etat, Palais présidentiel de
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisie. Fax : + 216 1 744 721

M. Mohamed Jegham, Ministre de l'Intérieur, Ministère de l'Intérieur,
Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis, Tunisie. Fax : + 216 1 340 888

M. Sadok Chaâbane, Ministre de la Justice, Ministère de la Justice,
Boulevard Bab Benat, Tunis, Tunisie. Fax : + 216 1 568 106/567 070

M. Habib Ben Yahiya, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, Place du
Gouvernement, La Kasba, Tunis, Tunisie. Fax : + 216 1 791 005

Geneva, 26 May 1997
Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this
appeal in your reply.

Ben Schonveld
Projects Manager
Fax 4122 733 1051
Ph 4122 733 3140
OMCT is: l'Organisation Mondiale contre la Torture
The World Organisation Against Torture


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