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The Lebanese Constitution in the Service of Priest Impunity: The Case of Mansour Labaki

Criminal Justice in Tunisia: A Revolutionary Reform?

ARTICLES | 26 Aug 2016 | PRINT

Criminal Justice in Tunisia: A Revolutionary Reform?


Mohamed Afif Jaidi

 

 

According to Tunisian Law No. 5 of 2016, which revises the Code of Criminal Procedure, officers investigating criminal cases are required to run their investigations under “genuine judicial oversight”. The context of this reform, which details various levels of oversight, is an approach that aims to understand how legislative reforms might impact security practices.

Lawyers at Police Stations: A Watchful Eye on the Authorities

Article 13 of the Code of Criminal Procedure now grants criminal suspects in both felony and misdemeanor cases the right to “authorize a lawyer to be present with them throughout their hearing, or to advocate on their behalf before the preliminary investigator”....

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ARTICLES | 24 Aug 2016 | PRINT

Citizenship in Tunisia: Liberation, Violence and Rebellion


Fatima al-Lafi

On January 14, 2011, the slogan “get out” (degage) raised by demonstrators in front of the Tunisian Interior Ministry is shorthand for the Tunisian people’s will to reclaim the public sphere from which they were excluded during and before the First Republic. Defending the idea of citizenship was the engine of the revolution itself; nationalist sentiment was the safety valve that has facilitated Tunisians’ overcoming the difficulties of a democratic transition in a region where similar attempts have failed.

However, citizens have also committed uncivil acts, ranging from theft and looting to attacks on public property and institutions, and overzealous movements, protests, and...

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ARTICLES | 22 Aug 2016 | PRINT

Disciplining Nabil el-Halabi: Penal Punishment as a Path to Power


The Civil Observatory for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

Lawyer Nabil el-Halabi heads the Lebanese Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (LIFE), a human rights organization that strives to document abuses, especially abuses against Islamists and Syrian refugees in Lebanon. LIFE was the first to expose the acts of torture that occurred in Roumieh Prison in 2015. While Lebanese Minister of Interior Nouhad Machnouk initially denied the organization’s claims, the leak of footage of the torture in June 2015 confirmed their veracity. El-Halabi continued to direct scathing criticisms at Machnouk and his team on various occasions. Most recently, he published on his Facebook page critical commentary implying that Ministry of Interior officials who had managed to acquire immense riches over a short period could be involved in...

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ARTICLES | 19 Aug 2016 | PRINT

Food Security in Lebanon: Spoiled Wheat or Spoiled State Authority?


Lama Karame

In a press conference held on March 16, 2016, Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced that laboratory tests carried out by his ministry on samples of imported wheat to Lebanon showed high levels of Ochratoxin; a carcinogenic substance that especially affects the liver and the brain. Due to Ochratoxin’s danger to human health, the World Health Organization has set the acceptable ratio for the consumption of this substance in grains. According to the Ministry of Health, the ratio permitted globally must not exceed 5mcg per kg, whereas the non-conforming wheat samples [in the Lebanese case] reportedly exceeded 26mcg per kg. The issue was raised at the Cabinet meeting when a dispute erupted between Abu Faour and Minister...

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ARTICLES | 16 Aug 2016 | PRINT

Apprentice Lawyers in Tunisia: The Ethics of Exclusion


Yassin al-Younsi

Newcomers to the Tunisian legal profession are divided into two categories:

  1. Experienced legal practitioners who can register in the courts of appeal and cassation register of lawyers. This category includes judges who have been in the judiciary for ten years, and have not been dismissed for a misdemeanor involving a breach of trust; and PhD university professors of law; and,


  1. Young lawyers obligatorily registered on the list of apprentice lawyers. Before 2010, the number on this list exceeded 500, since the law allows those holding a Master of Advanced Studies in Law to...

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Apprentice Lawyers in Tunisia: The Ethics of Exclusion

Newcomers to the Tunisian legal profession are divided into two categories:

  1. Experienced legal practitioners who can register in the courts of appeal and cassation register of lawyers. This category includes judges who have been in the judiciary for ten years, and have not been dismissed for a misdemeanor involving a breach of trust; and PhD university professors of law; and,


  1. Young lawyers obligatorily registered on the list of apprentice lawyers. Before 2010, the number on this list exceeded 500, since the law allows those holding a Master of Advanced Studies in Law to be directly registered as legal practitioners without the need to obtain a qualification certificate in law. Starting in 2010, and...

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Food Security in Lebanon: Spoiled Wheat or Spoiled State Authority?

In a press conference held on March 16, 2016, Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced that laboratory tests carried out by his ministry on samples of imported wheat to Lebanon showed high levels of Ochratoxin; a carcinogenic substance that especially affects the liver and the brain. Due to Ochratoxin’s danger to human health, the World Health Organization has set the acceptable ratio for the consumption of this substance in grains. According to the Ministry of Health, the ratio permitted globally must not exceed 5mcg per kg, whereas the non-conforming wheat samples [in the Lebanese case] reportedly exceeded 26mcg per kg. The issue was raised at the Cabinet meeting when a dispute erupted between Abu Faour and Minister of Economy Alain Hakim. The latter confirmed that the test results conducted by his ministry are correct, while Abu Faour...

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Disciplining Nabil el-Halabi: Penal Punishment as a Path to Power

Lawyer Nabil el-Halabi heads the Lebanese Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (LIFE), a human rights organization that strives to document abuses, especially abuses against Islamists and Syrian refugees in Lebanon. LIFE was the first to expose the acts of torture that occurred in Roumieh Prison in 2015. While Lebanese Minister of Interior Nouhad Machnouk initially denied the organization’s claims, the leak of footage of the torture in June 2015 confirmed their veracity. El-Halabi continued to direct scathing criticisms at Machnouk and his team on various occasions. Most recently, he published on his Facebook page critical commentary implying that Ministry of Interior officials who had managed to acquire immense riches over a short period could be involved in cases of human trafficking (prostitution rings). This occurred following the arrest of the “Chez Maurice” ring, which it turned out...

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