Tunisia parliament backs death penalty for ‘terror crimes’
Tunisia's parliament approved Thursday imposition of the death penalty for "terrorist" crimes, despite opposition from rights groups and a de facto quarter-century moratorium on executions. Lawmakers were voting during the second of three days of debate on a bill aimed at beefing up powers to confront a jihadist threat following deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. President Beji Caid Essebsi imposed a state of emergency after a student went on a shooting rampage at a beach resort last month, killing 38 foreign tourists, most of them Britons.
27 June, 2015 Tunisia faces tough task facing up to extremist threat Friday's assault by a Tunisian student at a popular resort at Port El Kantaoui that killed 38 people illustrates the complexity of the challenges ahead for Tunisia four years after its revolution. After Friday's attack, Prime Minister Habib Essid announced an "exceptional plan to better […]
27 June, 2016 Tunisia urges Britain to revoke travel warning Tunisia said Monday it has urged Britain to revoke a travel warning issued after a jihadist attack on a beach in the country killed 30 British holidaymakers last year. Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui made the request during talks in Tunis with Tobias Ellwood, a British parliamentary […]
20 July, 2015 EU vows new support for Tunisia after tourist attack The European Union promised Monday to boost political and economic support for Tunisia to ensure its transition to democracy is not derailed by last month's deadly attack on a tourist resort. The attack on the resort of Sousse left 38 tourists dead, most of them British, and came just […]
13 January, 2016 Post-revolt Tunisia a target and exporter of jihadists The 2011 revolution that toppled Tunisia's regime has awoken extremism in the country after decades of repression, turning it into a target for attacks and a key exporter of jihadists. Analysts say the current state of affairs is a result of the legacy of ousted president Zine El Abidine […]
23 October, 2013 6 Tunisian police killed; protests hit capital TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants killed six Tunisian policemen in the impoverished south of the country on Wednesday, while thousands of protesters in the capital called for the government's resignation, citing growing insecurity in the country.