Tunisian President Kais Saied’s exceptional measures announced on July 25 marked a major turning point in the course of the human rights situation in Tunisia. The measures included sacking Prime Minister, Hisham Mechichi, suspending the Parliament, and lifting its members’ immunity for an extendable period of 30 days.
The president took over the executive power, appointed a prime minister himself, and assumed the presidency of the Public Prosecution. These measures left adverse consequences on the human rights situation in the country since all powers have been concentrated in the office of the President, who opened the floodgates for massive illegal security practices.
A number of members of the House of Representatives were arrested under military court decisions. The freedom of movement of dozens was confiscated, as they were banned from traveling without judicial permission.
About 70 Tunisians, including a group of judges, were placed under house arrest without informing the Supreme Judicial Council or rejecting the appeals related to the imposition of house arrest.