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Taoufik Bouderbala: The S17 procedure has no legal basis

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20/12/2018 17:55, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The President of the High Committee for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (French: CSDHLF) Taoufik Bouderbala invited, on Thursday, the House of People's Representatives (HPR) to draft a law that defines the restriction of the right to mobility, in accordance with the Constitution and international standards.

In a statement to the media on the sidelines of a meeting in Tunis on the theme "the right to mobility and preventive measures", Bouderbala considered "illegal and illegitimate" Tunisia's use of a procedure that restricts the movement of people, known as "S17".

According to him, between 2017 and 2018, the committee had received more than 150 complaints from citizens who were victims of the S17 procedure.

"Correspondence sent to the Ministry of the Interior requesting clarification on this subject still remained unanswered, he regretted, adding that the department's use of the S17 procedure has no legal basis".

For him, the fight against terrorism and cross-border crime requires the implementation of laws and not instructions, since the right to movement remains a fundamental freedom.

Bouderbala insisted on the need to inform people of the restriction procedures taken against them and to provide them with a "document" in order to be able to exercise their right to recourse to justice.

The Chairman of the Committee also recalled that the new Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights stipulate that the right to mobility is a fundamental freedom.

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