Tunisia: Abbou

Lawyer Mohammed Abbou, member of the National Council for Civil Liberties in Tunisia, was arrested in March 2005 as a result of an article he published online. In November 2005, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Mohammed Abbou's detention was arbitrary and in violation of international law.


In April 2006, Mohammed Abbou was sentenced to imprisonment for three years and six months. While in detention, he undertook several hunger strikes in protest at the conditions of his detention. He continues to face harassment and ill treatment by the prison administration.


In October 2006, the Law Society sent letters of intervention to Tunisian authorities.


Letter of Intervention