Historically, secret police forces have been instruments of a government that has decided to ignore people’s fundamental rights. At best they are an extension of normal police forces that enforce laws. However, the Tunisian constitution makes Sharia law the basis of judicial law. Sharia law itself incorporates serious abrogation of fundamental rights by not allowing freedom of conscience and by incommensurate corporal punishments that ignore a person’s right of ownership of their body. Therefore, it looks like the Tunisian secret police will be another such force that operates against human rights.
Filed under: Comments to gov't organizations | January 22nd, 2013