Tunisian protesters block roads on Libyan trucks en route to Ras Ajdair border

Several Tunisian protesters in Ben Guerdene blocked the main road on export trucks heading to Libya in protest of “mistreatment toward them by some Ras Jdir border crossing personnel.” The protesters, who come from Ben Guerdene which depends on trade via Ras jdir with Libya, gathered on Ras jdir main road and in Al-Zekra area in east Ben Guerdene trying to prevent the Libyan trucks from going on the road to Libya, demanding Ras Ajdair top personnel to present guarantees for them. “Protests started Wednesday evening and ended late at night,…

‘Huge boost’ for Tunisia as UK further relaxes travel restrictions

A further relaxing of UK travel restrictions to Tunisia has been hailed as “huge boost of confidence” in the north African country. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office last week announced that more areas in Tunisia are now open to British tourists. The FCO no longer advises “against all but essential travel to the town of Jendouba, and some areas of southern Tunisia, including the towns of Médenine, Tataouine and Douz”. Jedouba is a small city in the north west of Tunisia close to the ancient Roman city of Bullaregia. It…

Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality considers that its report does not conflict with provisions of Islam

The members of the Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality stressed on Wednesday that the report they submitted last June 12 to the President of the Republic on the reforms of the individual freedoms and equality does not oppose the provisions of the Islamic religion. At a press conference held Wednesday in Dar Edhiafa in Carthage, the committee members focused on the modernist approach adopted by Tunisia since the 19th century so that Tunisian society is not dependent on traditional positions that do not adapt to the civilisational and cultural…

Tunisia returns 70 Morocco passengers over doubts of illegal immigration

Tunisia has refused 70 Moroccan entry because it suspects they are planning to illegally immigrate to Europe, the spokesperson of the Ministry of the Interior said. “There were passengers who planned to take Tunis as a station for their illegal immigration,” Sofiene Zaag said. “They did not have luggage enough for staying in Tunis even for two days. They did not have money.” He said that returning the Moroccan passengers was “part of effort s to protect these youths and in an effort not to make Tunis a transit passage…

Carthage Meetings to start on June 27th and 28th in Tunis

The Francophone Union (Media, Advertising and Digital) announced Tuesday the launch in Tunis of the first meeting of Carthage on June 27 and 28 at the French Institute of Tunisia. During a meeting with the press held in Tunis, Christian Cappe, founder and president of the Francophone Union stressed that through this event, the Union wants to facilitate the emergence and circulation of talents, encourage developments in powerful media in the French-speaking world and offer brands useful communication tools in terms of radiation and impact. “This event will bring together…

Preparations begin in Tunisia for legislative and presidential elections

The Independent High Authority for Elections in Tunisia has announced that it has started to prepare for the legislative and presidential elections due to be held next year. A detailed schedule and operational plan has been drafted, Quds Press has reported. The details were provided in a written statement issued on Sunday by Nabil Bafoun, a member of the election authority. He explained that such preparations are essential and are likely to be ready by October. The authority’s draft budget for the following year will then be determined. The announcement regarding the…

Tunisia hosts conference on elimination of lead in industrial painting

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC)  organizes a small trade fair and conferences entitled “The substitution of lead in industrial painting in Tunisia”on 19 and 20 June 2018 at ARENA in Tunis as part of the EU funded SwitchMed project. Substitution of lead in paint is one of the 20 preventive solutions identified by the SCP / RAC and is the subject of a pilot project in Tunisia as part of the SwitchMed project. The results of these activities have for purpose to encourage policy makers…

UK: New Foreign Office travel advice ‘huge boost’ for Tunisia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has revised its travel advice for Tunisia, softening its stance on travel to the country. The move has been welcomed by tourist board, Discover Tunisia, which described the move as a “huge boost” for the country. Tunisia was rocked in June 2015 by the devastated Sousse terror attack, in which 30 Britons were killed. Since then, the FCO has persistently urged cautionwhen travelling to the north African state. Charter flights from the UK were suspended following the attack, but resumed in February with the return of…

Enrolment opens for Summer School on Migration in Tunisia

Registration is now open for the fourth edition of the Summer School on Migration in Tunis from September 10-15, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Tunisia and the National institute for labour and social studies said. This year the school takes the theme ‘Migration and the integration of migrants in host societies. Registration is free of charge and open until June 30 via the website www.ecole-ete-migration.tn. Applicants can come from within academia, the institutions, civil society and social partners and the 50 selected candidates will enjoy a multidisciplinary programme…

Independents win most seats in municipal polls

Independents have won most seats in the municipall polls held last May 6 in Tunisia, the Independedn Higber Authority for the Elections (ISIE) announced on Wednesday. The official results announced by ISIE  reveals that independent candidates won 2,373 seats. Ennahda movement came in the second place with 2,139 seats, followed by Nidaa Tounes party with 1,600 seats and the Popular Front party with 261 seats, the ISIE said. ISIE president Mohamed Tlili Mansri said the polls saw a %35.6 voter turnout. “Forty-seven percent of winning candidates are women while the…