FTDES condemns use of force against refugee protest in Medenine
20/06/2019 19:40, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) condemned the use of force against a protest staged on Thursday by dozens of refugees from sub-Saharan countries in a shelter of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Medenine.

"While these refugees were protesting peacefully to express their refusal of a possible resettlement in Tunisia, police used violence with batons and tear gas, hitting journalists present and wounding refugees, many of whom have been arrested," the FTDES said in a statement.

The Forum denounced acts of violence perpetrated against journalists and called for the release of arrested refugees.

"The protest which coincides with World Refugee Day is not the first of its kind observed by refugees living in Medenine because of the precarious humanitarian situation," the source said.

The FTDS also recalled the lack of a legal framework that guarantees the rights of refugees in Tunisia, calling on the government to respect the 1951 Convention and to assume its responsibilities to protect all refugees living in Tunisia.

In the same context, the FTDES called on the international organisations concerned to address the shortcomings recorded in refugee camps in Medenine.

"These repeated incidents related to immigration to Tunisia are due to the inhuman policies followed by European countries with regard to the phenomenon of immigration and the lack of a sustainable national strategy in line with international conventions," said the same statement.

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