Thousands protest Tunisia corruption amnesty bill
Thousands protest Tunisia corruption amnesty bill

Thousands of Tunisians on Saturday protested [advocacy press release] a bill that would grant amnesty to officials facing corruption charges from a previous regime. Under the amnesty bill [HRW backgrounder] officials who had money seized from them following the overthrow of former president Ben Ali [BBC profile] would be pardoned and have their funds returned to them. Proponents of the bill say it would help reconcile political divisions in the country but it has been met with massive public disapproval [Al-Araby report].

Tunisia continues to face challenges after the Arab Spring uprising. A Tunisian court sentenced British DJ Dax Jto a year in prison in April for public indecency and offending public morality after the artist played a remix of the Muslim call to prayer in a nightclub. In March, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere confirmed [JURIST report] that a Tunisian man responsible for a deadly museum attack in Tunisia in 2015 will be deported. Tunisian security forces have committed human rights abuses following a series of armed attacks in the country, Amnesty International (AI) reported [JURIST report ] in February.