“Day of Anger” for Tunisian lawyers this Friday, September 27
Monday, September 30th, 2019.
The Tunis Bar Association met urgently on Wednesday, September 25 after the decision of the Attorney General at the Tunis Lower Court to open a judicial investigation against a group of lawyers from the Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi Defence Collective.
The Bar Association denounced “the attacks against the defence before the Tunis Court of First Instance, following the intervention of the security forces on the orders of the Prosecutor General at the Tunis Lower Court” and “the systematic targeting of the legal profession, through the arbitrary opening of judicial information against a number of members of the defence collective under pressure from certain parties, in the pursuit of an irresponsible management of this crisis“.
The Tunis Bar Council announced, in a statement, the decision to observe a national “Day of Anger” on Friday, September 27, marked by protest actions with the wearing of uniforms at the Tunis Palace of Justice and in all Tunisian courts, under the slogan “No to aggression against lawyers, the right to a defence a fundamental guarantee for the independence of the judiciary“.
In this regard, the Bar Association announced the boycott of the public prosecutor and held him responsible for the situation, while filing a complaint against him tothe Higher Council of the Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice.
The Bar Association also indicated that it would inform international and regional organizations, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of the judiciary and lawyers, as well as the Commission on Human Rights, of “attacks against lawyers and violations of the rights of the defence“, while declaring “its categorical refusal to invite lawyers who are the subject of judicial information to appear, out of commitment to the principle of the immunity of lawyers in the exercise of their functions“.