ANHRI denounced today the trial of the well known activist “Emad Dghig” allegedly for burning a Security Center. He will stand before “Tunis 1” primary court on Friday 22nd of June. Away from the charges against him, his arrest came on the background of his comments against the police violence on Facebook.
ANHRI considered Dghig’s arrest as a punishment for his activity and defense for the martyrs and injured’s rights during the revolution which is a serious step backward to the same methodology of the ousted president Ben Ali’s police.
ANHRI finds his arrest as an example of the flagrant violations which the poor Terrorism Act provides a legal cover for it.
Dghig’s arrest comes after the return of the anti-terrorism law which is a notorious law passed by Ben Ali in 2003 and through it thousands were arrested and put into unfair trials. The Tunisian authorities have taken the riots and protests by the Salafists the last few days as an excuse to re-apply the Terrorism Act.
A force group specialized in fighting terrorism in Balqrjani has arrested early Wednesday the activist Dghig, who is a member in “El-Karm Renaissance Movement” and the admin of the Facebook page called “Revolution Men in el-Karm”, on the background of his writings on his page that incite people against the police and the army as the authorities claim.
Eye witnesses said that after the dawn prayer and specifically at four, three cars of different models stopped near the coffee shop that Dghig went to and seven members of them, some wearing civilian clothes and others dressed in security uniforms with masks on the face and armed with sticks, arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.
Activists said that he is now in a suspension center in Choucha due to the non-completion of the case file.
“The way of his arrest brings back to the minds the Tunisian authorities violations during the reign of Ben Ali which raises the fear that the revolution didn’t reach yet the security services” said ANHRI.
Dghig is a political activist who had a major role in the revolution in the western side of el-karm as he was encourage the youth to demonstrate and express their disapproval of Ben Ali’s regime. Moreover, he lived through daily harassments from the political police and he was prevented from working despite his professorship in mathematics.
After the revolution, Dghig continued his activities and founded a committee concerned with defending the injured and martyrs families rights. He has been arrested during al-Sebsi government on charges of burning a police station on Jan 15 during the Revolution of Tunisia, rather than the prosecution of those who killed and abused the rebels as there haven’t been any trials so far of those accused in killing the rebels in el-Karma.
ANHRI includes its voice to the voices of the Tunisian Human Rights Organizations in calling on the Tunisian authorities to stop immediately the usage of the terrorism law now and forever. “ The existence of some riots or violence don’t justify the return of a police, unconstitutional law that will bring nothing but calamities to the citizens” said ANHRI that added “ the practical experience proved how not useful the exceptional laws in facing violence and that ordinary laws are sufficient to face and prosecute the outlaws.”
ANHRI demands the immediate release of Dghig and to ensure his safety and strongly warns against the return of Ben Ali’s police approach as the consequences will be severe for the nation as a whole