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Tunisia: Rights groups sound alarm about ‘brutal, humiliating’ tests on gay men

Human Rights Watch and local Rights groups in Tunisia on Tuesday said anal tests and phone searches are being used to identify gay men in Tunisia. According to civil society organizations, more than 70 gay men were jailed by Tunisian authorities last year. Mounir Baatour, lawyer and president of the Tunisian LGBT association “Shams”, said […]

G20 Compact: Germany pledges €243 billion for Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week met 11 African heads of state, international organizations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched last year to encourage private investment in Africa. The G20 Compact with Africa was open to all African countries but so far only 11 have joined: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, […]

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Tunisia adopts law against racism

Tunisia has recently passed an anti-racism law criminalizing racial discrimination with offenders risking jail terms and fines. Under the law, anyone utters a racist comment can be sentenced to one month in jail and a fine of $350, while those found guilty of inciting hatred, making racist threats, spreading and advocating racism or supporting a […]

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Tunisia to raise salaries of civil servants

The Tunisian government has reached an agreement with the powerful trade union center, General Union of Tunisian Workers, UGTT, to raise salaries of civil servants. The move comes after the union has threatened to start a series of strikes from October 24. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed government’s decision to raise salaries may provoke a disapproval […]

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Tunisian President Extends State of Emergency

Tunisian President and Nidaa Tounes party leader Beji Caid Essebsi last weekend announced the extension of the state of emergency for another month. The decision to extend the state of emergency was made after Essebsi on Friday discussed with Interior Minister Hisham al-Furati and Defense Minister Abdul Karim al-Zubaidi the country’s security situation. The state […]

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IMF disburses $245m loan tranche to Tunisia

The International Monetary Fund last weekend approved the payment of a $245 million loan tranche to Tunisia as the North African nation is making urgent economic reforms, Reuters reported. Under a deal reached in 2016, IMF was to assist Tunisia with a four-year loan program worth about $2.8 billion, tied to economic reforms aimed at […]

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Tunisia: Torrential floods Kill 4, sweep away homes, cars

Torrential rains and flash floods have killed at least four people and carried away homes, cars, chunks of roads and bridges in Cap Bon, a peninsula in north-eastern Tunisia. Tunisia’s National Institute of Meteorology said the storm dumped 200 mm of rain on Nabeul and up to 225 mm in the city of Beni Khalled, […]

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Tunisia needs $2.53 bln in external financing next year

Tunisian government needs around $2.53 billion in external financing in 2019 and plans to issue $1 billion in bonds next month to help cover 2018’s deficit, a senior official told Ruters news agency on Thursday. According to Reuters, the sale will be early October. The North African country hopes to have secured by then approval […]

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Tunisia raises fuel prices, 4th hike this year

Tunisia has raised fuel prices over the weekend by 4 percent, the fourth hike this year, as the government seeks to cut budget deficit, a key requirement of international lenders. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Industry Saturday, the price of one liter of fuel rose to 1.985 Tunisian dinars compared to […]

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Tunisia’s equal inheritance law to boost female entrepreneurship – IFC

Tunisia’s parliament will soon debate a controversial bill to grant equal inheritance rights to men and women in the North African country, President Essebsi said last week. Under the current system, men receive twice the share of any inheritance granted to women. According to IFC, the new inheritance law that will grant men and women […]

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