Party System - Political Prisoners of Conscience
Marriages of Muslim Women to Non-Muslim Men Abroad are Prohibited
Non-Muslim Women are Not Permitted to Inherit From Their Husband
Freedom Score of Tunisia (Not Free)
and Israel (Free)
Source: Freedom House (PDF, 187
Human Development Index of Tunisia
(0.740) and Israel (0.905) (PDF,
Source: United Nations Human
Development Report 2003
Corruption Index of Tunisia (4.8),
Israel (7.3), Germany (7.3) and USA (7.7) Source:
Transparency International (PDF,
Reports on Human Rights Practices, Tunisia - 2001 (Bureau of Democracy,
Human Rights, and Labor of U.S. Department of State): "...
dominated by a single political party. President Zine El-Abidine
Ben Ali and his Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party have
controlled the Government, including the legislature, since 1987
... Ben Ali won 99.44 percent of the ballots cast for President
... The Government continued to impose significant restrictions
on freedom of speech and of the press ... Muslim women are not permitted
to marry outside their religion. Marriages of Muslim women to non-Muslim
men abroad are considered common-law, which are prohibited and thus
void when the couple returns to the country. Non-Muslim women who
marry Muslim men are not permitted to inherit from their husbands,
nor may the husbands and any children (who are considered to be
Muslim) from the marriage inherit from the non-Muslim wife."
International Report 2002, Tunisia: "Up
to 1,000 political prisoners, most of them prisoners of conscience,
remained in prison. Several had been held for more than a decade.
The families of prisoners often faced harassment and denial of their
basic rights. The authorities used various means to prevent former
prisoners from resuming a normal life after their release. Several
political opponents of the government were imprisoned during 2001.
They included several political opponents, or alleged opponents,
resident abroad who were arrested when they returned to Tunisia
and faced unfair trials before military courts. The authorities
once again stepped up their repression of human rights defenders.
Torture and ill-treatment by the security forces continued to be
reported both in police stations and in prisons, in a general context
World Factbook (Tunisia)