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Geschreven door omct@iprolink.ch op 04 Jun 1997 10:23:21 met als onderwerp: OMCT:FI-TUN200397.1-TUNISIA-DETENTI

Subject: OMCT:FI-TUN200397.1-TUNISIA-DETENTION

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Case TUN 200397.1
First Follow up of Case TUN 200397

The International Secretariat of OMCT has received new information on
the following situation in Tunisia.

Brief reminder of the situation :
The International Secretariat was informed, by a reliable source, of
the arrest and alleged torture of Miss Radhia Aouididi. Her arrest was
believed to be related to her links with her fiancé, a Tunisian
political refugee in France.

According to information received, Miss Radhia Aouididi was arrested
on 9 November 1996 at Tunis-Carthage airport as she was about to board
a plane to France to be reunited with her fiancé. Miss Radhia Aouididi
was apparently found to be in possession of a false passport. She was
said to have been denied requests for a passport and her identity card
had been confiscated.

Miss Radhia Aouididi was reportedly held incommunicado during a period
exceeding the maximum 10-day limit to such detention under Tunisian
law. On 9 January 1997, Miss Radhia Aouididi allegedly appeared before
the examining magistrate for a second time, after the 10-day legal
limit for police custody had been exceeded. It was alleged that Miss
Radhia Aouididi was tortured and threatened with rape. She was being
detained in Manouba Prison, in Tunis.

New information :
According to new information, around 15 May 1997 Miss Radhia Aouididi
appeared before the examining magistrate who extended her detention in
Manouba Prison for another four (4) months. Miss Radhia Aouididi has
not been tried yet.

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

i. guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Miss Radhia
Aouididi;

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 alleged
torture and rape threats, 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 Ben Rejeb,
Ministre de l'Intérieur, Ministère de l'Intérieur, Avenue Habib
Bourguiba, Tunis, Tunisie. Fax : + 216 1 340 888 M. Abdallah Kallel,
Ministre de la Justice, Ministère de la Justice, Boulevard Bab Benet,
Tunis, Tunisie. Fax : + 216 1 568 106/567 070 M. Abderrahim Zouari,
Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, Place du Gouvernement, La Kasba,
Tunis, Tunisie. Fax : + 216 1 567 050

Geneva, 4 June 1997

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this
appeal in your reply.
Ben Schonveld
Projects Manager
OMCT-SOS-Torture
Fax 4122 733 1051
Ph 4122 733 3140
OMCT is: l'Organisation Mondiale contre la Torture
The World Organisation Against Torture

OMCT@IPROLINK.CH
http://www.omct.org/

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