The authorities arrested Zouhayer Makhlouf on September 4, 2002. He was detained at the Ministry of Interior in the capital Tunis and questioned by the State Security Department after being arrested without warrant and held in incommunicado detention for four days. Both men were released without charge on 8 February; two days after the initial UA had been issued.
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Urgent Action: NGO Founder On Hunger Strike After Conviction (Tunisia: UA 283/16)
Former prison officer and NGO founder Walid Zarrouk is on hunger strike in protest against his 24 November prison sentences for "insulting public officials". His wife Ines Ben Othman was told on 13 December that she was banned from travelling outside Tunisia.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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