“The opposition and human rights groups have long complained Tunisia’s anti-terror laws were far too broad, targeting anyone with a strict interpretation of Islam.” But no more: they will all be freed and able to work to help create the New Tunisia.
“Tunisian grants general amnesty,” by Bouazza ben Bouazza for The Associated Press, February 18:
TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s transitional government approved a general amnesty of the country’s political prisoners Friday, the prime minister said, in a move likely to free those convicted under tough anti-terrorism laws.
Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi appeared on Tunisian state television, saying the general amnesty would take effect over the weekend “so that all those convicted under the former regime can get their civic and political rights back and be reintegrated into Tunisian society.”
The announcement, which came just over a month after mass protests toppled the autocratic president, signaled a major policy shift in the North African nation, which has long had a zero-tolerance policy against hard-line Islam.
The opposition and human rights groups have long complained Tunisia’s anti-terror laws were far too broad, targeting anyone with a strict interpretation of Islam….