Tunisia/ TEH: On Monday, the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (non-governmental) called on the authorities to facilitate the possibility of prosecuting security forces on charges of assaulting women.
This came in a statement by the association entitled “How long will the police violence, and how long will impunity last?”
The association said that there is a “recurrence of attacks against women by taking advantage of security influence and judicial complicity.”
She added that this complicity “has reached the point of fabricating charges, plotting cases and benefiting from the phenomenon of impunity for security personnel, especially when the victims are women.”
The association affirmed that it supports “all the victims and denounces the repeated attacks by the security services against women.”
She called on the authorities to “create a legal mechanism that permits (allowing) cases against security personnel to be submitted to security centers other than those in which the suspects work.”
The association held the state responsible for what it said was “the rampant phenomenon of impunity.”
She called for “abandoning the method of arresting female journalists and dealing with the press sector through democratic mechanisms.”
She stressed that she “will continue the struggle to achieve full and effective equality, achieve full citizenship, advance women’s rights and empower them politically, economically, culturally and socially.”
On more than one occasion, human rights and civil organizations in Tunisia have called for the adoption of March 31 of each year as a national day to combat impunity.
On March 31, 2018, Omar Al-Obeidi, a fan of Club Africain, drowned in Oued Meliane (south of the capital).
The defense team accuses the police of forcing Al-Obaidi to jump into the water after a football initiative, which the authorities denied at the time, and the investigation is still ongoing.