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Tunisia: President of Judges Association Faces Investigation Over 2022 Strike; CFJ Calls for Judicial Independence

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Press release

Geneva – April 22, 2024


Anas Al-Hammadi, President of the Tunisian Judges Association, appeared before the investigating judge at the Court of First Instance in Kaf on Friday, April 19, 2024, facing charges related to obstructing freedom of work following the judges’ strike in June 2022. The strike aimed to challenge the dismissal of 57 judges and support judicial independence.

This investigation is part of a broader pattern of targeting the Tunisian Judges Association, with Al-Hammadi previously summoned by the General Inspection (affiliated with the Ministry of Justice) for union activity.

The Committee for Justice (CFJ) strongly denounces these actions, asserting Tunisian judges’ right to strike as a fundamental human right recognized by international treaties.

CFJ calls for an end to the deliberate targeting of judicial officials and associations defending judicial independence, urging authorities to create a safe environment for judges to carry out their duties without interference.

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