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Activist on trial for filming a protest

AI-Index: MDE 30/1060/2019

On 4 September 2019, 18 years old activist Maissa al-Oueslati was filming a protester threatening to set himself on fire in front of a police station. The police arbitrarily detained her and her 16-year-old brother, and interrogated them without a lawyer, in a blatant violation of Tunisian law. The police then sent them to a detention centre where they spent a night. Maissa is facing pumped up charges and could be sentenced to up to four years in prison.


Maissa al-Oueslati is a human rights activist who, despite her young age has been an active advocate of human rights. She has been active in connecting victims of human rights violations to human rights organizations and lawyers. She told Amnesty International that she had heard a lot about detention conditions, but she had never thought that she could be detained herself. She described conditions in Bouchoucha detention centre as poor and unsanitary.

While Tunisia is being celebrated worldwide for the democratic progress that the country has achieved since 2011, freedoms are often violated. Tunisian authorities appear to be misusing the penal code to prosecutes acts of peaceful protest and repress dissent.

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