Tourism: Record tourist arrivals in Tabarka-Ain Draham (January 2017)

For the first time since 2010, the number of tourist arrivals in Tabarka and Ain Draham registered a record in January 2017, in addition to the number of overnight stays, up by 167% and 170%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2016. The number of arrivals in January reached 27,700 against 10,370 in January 2016, and the number of overnight stays reached 46,000 against 1,700, according to the Regional Tourism Authority’s report. Snowfall concomitantly with winter holidays favoured this strong growth, notably as regards domestic tourism, in addition to…

Security forces abuses threaten Tunisia reform: Amnesty

A rise in “brutal tactics” by Tunisian security forces in line with nationwide emergency laws to counter terrorism are threatening reforms in Tunisia, Amnesty International said in a report Monday. Since the 2011 Tunisian revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, the North African country has been wracked by jihadist attacks that have killed more than 100 soldiers and police, some 20 civilians and also 59 foreign tourists. Authorities have hit back by imposing a series of security measures and Tunisia has been under a continuous state of emergency since a…

Algeria raises full alert on borders with Libya and Tunisia

The forces of Algerian Army had raised the full alert in the border area between Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya to prevent any attempt of infiltration of terrorist groups, especially after the return of many fighters of Daesh to their original countries. The Algerian Defense Ministry said that it had recorded different movements of suspect groups nearby the borders of Algeria with Libya and Tunisia. Algerians fears of threats, abductions, or terrorist attacks against the workers in Algerian oil fields. Libya Prospect

“Tunisia must recapture citizens’ confidence to achieve development” (OECD official)

Tunisia is capable of making great strides in development over the next period, provided that the authorities win back the confidence of citizens and especially young people who need radical solutions to solve the problem of unemployment,” Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mari Kiviniemi affirmed. Speaking on Sunday at the World Government Summit held from February 12 to 14 in Dubai, he added that “what happened in the world over the last year shows the need for states to regain the confidence of their…

Al-Ghannouchi mediates between Al-Sarraj and Haftar

Informed sources told Libya Al-Mostakbal website that the head of the Tunisian Al-Nahda party, Rashed Al-Ghannouchi, started efforts to hold a meeting between the head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the commander of the army of the House of Representatives (HoR), General Khalifa Haftar, in Tunisia in the coming days. Sources close to Al-Nahda party described the communications by Al- Al-Ghannouchi with the two sides as “encouraging” without giving further details, but they pointed to mediation efforts by Libyan and…

Germany’s Angela Merkel calls for faster deportations of rejected Tunisian asylum seekers

The chancellor said in her weekly video podcast that she would push the Tunisian prime minister to help speed up deportations. She referenced the case of the Tunisian terrorist Anis Amri. Angela Merkel called for the speedier expulsion of failed Tunisian refugees from Germany in her weekly video podcast on Saturday. She pledged to raise the issue with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed in his visit to Berlin next week. The chancellor referred specifically to the case of Anis Amri, the Tunisian terrorist whose deportation was delayed by the slow…

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

The Tunisian government is facing accusations of rolling back access to information and media freedom, through its regulation of information and communication units in ministries, state agencies and other government institutions. Last month, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed issued circular n°4 of 15 January 2017 asking civil servants not to speak to the press and not to reveal official information unless they get the authorization of their hierarchy: The circular further bans civil servants from making statements that “breach professional secrecy and the preservation of the state’s high interests”, preventing “the disclosure of…

Former Tunisian president given 10 years for corruption

Tunisian ex-president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife issued prison sentences for corruption.  Tunisian ex-president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, were issued new 10-year prison sentences for corruption on Thursday, authorities said, according to AFP. The two were found guilty by a court in Tunis in a case involving “administrative and financial corruption”, said prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti. Ben Ali, who ruled Tunisia for 23 years, has been living in exile with his wife in Saudi Arabia since they fled the country during…

UN Expert: Tunisia Must Speed Up Reviews of Terror Cases

A U.N. human rights expert is urging Tunisian authorities to expedite judicial processing of more than 1,500 people accused of terrorist acts, saying nearly all are lingering in provisional detention without having been convicted of any crimes. Ben Emmerson, a special rapporteur on human rights amid the fight against terrorism, has aired concerns about prolonged detention, allegations of torture, and restrictions on the movement of terror suspects. Ending a five-day mission to Tunisia, Emmerson said Thursday that over 1,500 people face investigations and prosecution for alleged terrorism, but fewer than…

Host of agreements on tourism, development and environment inked in Caïd Essebsi’s Rome state visit

Tunisia and Italy signed a set of tourism, energy, training, international transport and development agreements at a ceremony held Thursday in Rome under the chairmanship of President Béji Caïd Essebsi. The accords are as follows: – A memorandum of understanding on tourism cooperation inked by Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Salma Elloumi and Italian Undersecretary of State for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Dorina Bianchi. – An agreement on energy, climate change, environment protection and sustainable development signed by Foreign Minister Khémaies Jhinaoui and Italy’s Minister for Environment and Protection of Land…