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In Tunisia, Ticking the Authoritarian Checklist

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Demonstration against President Kais Saied’s policies, Tunis, Tunisia, January 14, 2023. © 2023 Yassine Mahjoub/NurPhoto via AP Images What remains of the human rights gains from Tunisia’s 2011 revolution? Since President Kais Saied’s July 2021 power grab, it’s an open question. Watching anti-Saied demonstrations in Tunis on January 14, 2023, the 12th anniversary of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster, I thought about how at least two of those gains have survived: freedom of assembly and an openness to international civil society organizations. There were…

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