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A group of prominent Tunisian opposition figures including the former Minister of Justice, who are detained, have applied to the UK Foreign Secretary to use his powers under the UK’s Global Human Rights Sanctions regime of 2020 to impose sanctions on the current President of Tunisia and other ministers for serious human rights violations committed against them and other Tunisian citizens.
The application is accompanied by extensive evidence including of the recent government crackdown on opponents, judges, journalists and civil society activists.
Rodney Dixon KC and Kathryn Howarth are representing the applicants. One of their clients Kaouther Ferjani, a British citizen, who is the daughter of Said Ferjani, a leading opposition MP, who is detained in Tunisia, spoke at a press conference yesterday with her counsel to announce the filing of the request to the FCDO.
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