Arrested in Tunisia was Algerian opponent Slimane Bouhafs


Following the arrest in Algeria of Nabil Karoui, an opponent and former candidate in the Tunisian presidential election, it is Slimane Bouhafs, an Algerian opponent’s turn to be arrested in Tunisia. The most important human rights in the country are affected by this arrest, which took place last week.

as reported from Tunis, Amira Souilem

He had disappeared on August 25, in Tunis, under troubled circumstances. Taken by men who did not reveal their identities, Slimane Bouhafs, an Algerian refugee, had not given any sign of life until the media revealed that he was now in Algeria.

Already convicted in 2016 for publications that were considered offensive to Islam and the Prophet, the activist who converted to Christianity served almost two years in prison in his country before seeking asylum in Tunisia.

The NGOs are outraged under the auspices of the UNHCR (High Commission for Refugees) as the activist close to a Kabyle independence movement – believed to be a terrorist in Algeria – could soon be brought to justice, according to the Algerian League for Defense human rights.

Many Tunisian NGOs were affected by this case and asked Tunis to respect its international commitments in favor of the protection of refugees on its land.

A case that then occurs the day after the arrest of the former Tunisian presidential candidate, Nabil Karouien Algeria. Tunisian media report on a possible “exchange” between the Tunisian and Algerian authorities following the announcement of the arrest in Algeria by Nabil Karoui, leader of a liberal party and former candidate for the 2019 presidential election in Tunisia.

► To read also: Tunisia’s opponent Nabil Karoui arrested in Algeria


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