TUNISIA: Prisoner Deaths Raise Human Rights Concerns

On 25 October Human Rights Watch (HRW) insisted on an objective investigation into the deaths of two Tunisian prisoners. HRW reported that the two prisoners’ families were not adequately notified of the deaths, and that the bodies of the deceased were badly bruised. In contrast, a spokesperson from the Tunisian prison where one man was held stated that he died of a heart attack. HRW identified three other cases where prisoners’ deaths occurred under “suspicious” circumstances. If Tunisian officials cannot clearly explain the prisoners’ deaths, the credibility of their judicial system could decline.

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