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Yearbook 2017

Tunisia. The emergency permit introduced in November 2015 was extended several times during the year and was in effect even at the end of 2017. In combination with the terrorist legislation passed in autumn 2015, the emergency permit had contributed to the country's security forces using increasingly brutal methods. That's what the civil rights organization Amnesty International wrote in a report released in February. According to, torture of suspects and harassment by their relatives was common. According to Amnesty, the security service could commit abuse without the risk of reprisals was a threat to the young democracy. In November, the first violent act of two years occurred in the capital Tunis, described as jihadist motivated. One man stabbed a policeman to death and injured another when he attacked a roadblock near the parliament building.

2017 Tunisia

In May, the election commission's chief, Chafik Sarsar, resigned because he did not consider himself able to work "independently and impartially". The month before, the decision came that the planned municipal elections would not be held until December. Sarsar had previously stressed the importance of holding these elections so as not to threaten the transition to democracy. In October, elections were postponed again, now until March 25, 2018. In October, elections were postponed until March 25, 2018 and in December another time until May 6, the same year.

In September, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed undertook a comprehensive reform of government and appointed a "war government" with the task of combating "terrorism, corruption, unemployment and regional inequality". Of the 13 new ministers, two were formerly working for President Zayn al-Abidin Ben Ali. A week later, about 1,000 people protested against a new law that granted amnesty to thousands of officials accused of corruption during Ben Ali's time in power. According to the government, the law was needed for economic growth in the country to accelerate.

In June, a man was sentenced to one month in prison for smoking in public during the fasting month of Ramadan. This is despite the fact that it is not against the law to eat, drink or smoke during this month. The day before, people had demonstrated in Tunis for the right to eat and drink in public during Ramadan.

A new law banning all physical, moral and sexual violence against women was passed in July. A man should no longer be able to avoid being punished for rape if he marries his victim, and women who are subjected to domestic violence should be able to obtain legal and psychological support. The law is expected to come into effect in 2018. In September, the ban on women being married to non-Muslim men was lifted. A man of different religion had previously had to convert to Islam in order to marry a Tunisian woman.

Tunisia was included as one of 17 countries and territories on the EU's first black list of tax havens, published in December.

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