Team Tunisia at the first Hollywood Half Marathon

Come join Team Tunisia at the first Hollywood Half Marathon in Hollywood California taking place this Saturday April 7th 2012 at 7am. This event aims to promote healthy living and bring together the local diverse community from across all walks of life.

Team Tunisia will be composed of 6 Tunisians from around the diaspora, with Nabil and Christelle from Free tunisia France and Myself Bechir with Nada, Alaa and Sonia from Free Tunisia Los Angeles.

This is a great opportunity to talk about Tunisia as a travel destination with a heavy concentration of media and members of the Hollywood film industry participating in this unique event.

Our team will be representing the hopes and dreams of all Tunisians for a democratic and free new post revolution nation “by the people for the people” despite all differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Side Panel Event at 19th Human Rights Council Session: “For an Action Plan against Torture & Ill-Treatment in Tunisia”

Mr. Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; Ambassador Moncef Baati, Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the United Nations in Geneva; Mr. Gerald Staerock, Secretary General, OMCT (The World Organisation Against Torture; Mondher Cherni, Secretary General, Organisation Against Torture in Tunisia (Organisation Tunisieenee contre la torture, OTCC) (Left to Right)


On March 5th 2012, at the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council  in Geneva, Swizterland, The World Organsiation Against Torutre (OMCT) in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the United Nations held a side-panel event addressing the reform process in Tunisia in relation to the eradication of torture and ill-treament. It is important to state that this is the first time that a side-panel event has been organized with both the Tunisian state and representatives of Tunisian civil society sitting at the same table; essentially this speak volumes in terms of the extent to which Tunisian state strategy has shifted to one which is very much aligned with civil society interests.


“While the practice of torture and ill-treatment was widespread and systemic in the past, there are now opportunities in a democratic Tunisia to ensure justice and accountability for acts of torture and ill-treatment and to build a legal and policy framework that can prevent torture and ill-treatment in the future. The side event follows the presentation of the report issued by the UN Read the rest of this entry »

Free Tunisia Member interning with Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)


My name is Nariman Z. Saidane and I have been an active member of Free Tunisia since the summer of 2011. I was asked by Bechir Blagui to briefly talk about what I am doing at the moment as it is indirectly connected to Free Tunisia’s overall mandate- which is the committment in supporting democracy and most importantly promoting human rights culture in the MENA (Middle East and North African) region aka Arab world. 

Since, February, I have been the official Advocacy Intern for the Cairo Insitute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) based in Geneva, Swizterland. CIHRS’s headquarters are based in Cairo, Egypt with an office in Geneva for the purpose of directly engaging with the Human Rights Council here at the United Nations. The honoarary President of CIHRS is Kamal Jandoubi, an outstanding Tunisian human rights activist, who is extremely devout to the field of human rights- he is also President of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network as well as the Tunisian Committee for the Respect of Human Rights with his latest post as Chief of Tunisia’s Independant Electoral Mission.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia Crossroads…by Professor Robert Prince

 Tunisia Crossroads…

February 8, 2012

The mosque at Amilcar


A little more than a year after its onset, some of the bloom is off the Arab Spring rose. The region looks to be a much more sober place a year on than it was then.

Tunisia is often portrayed as a bright spot in this increasingly somber regional picture. It did have an orderly election, has put together a three party coalition transitional government and now has a constituent assembly in its legislature working on a new constitution. The country appears on track to elect a more permanent government, as promised, during the next year. It is not inaccurate to note, that despite the problems it faces, that compared to its neighbors – ney – to almost any country with a Mediterranean sea coast, minus perhaps only one or two, that Tunisia is more stable, and seems to have the possibility of coming out of this crisis for the better than the others.

The Obama Administration generally supports the changes in Tunisia. In attempt to resurrect the American image throughout the region and to give credence to U.S. support for the Arab Spring, Obama is `playing the moderate Islamic card’ and gambling on the prospect that ultimately the structural changes taking place in Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisian Film Festival in Hollywood

When: January 10 to 12 2012 starting 5:30pm.

Where: Barnsdall Gallery Theater: 4800 Hollywood Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90027

Free Tunisia joined efforts with the local Tunisian diaspora here in Los Angeles and across the United States to produce the first ever Tunisian Film Festival here in Hollywood California January 10 to 12 2012. This will be a unique opportunity to showcase Tunisian talent and perhaps introduce Tunisian culture to a majority of American citizens who only heard of Tunisia in the news. A variety of selected films to focus on young and upcoming talent representing trends and futures of Tunisian cinema. Read the rest of this entry »

La Tunisie Liberee: Exposition et soiree debat

 Our Free Tunisia France Chapter presided by Mr Nabil Oueslati is organizing an Exhibition and debate around the Tunisian revolution Saturday November 19th  2011 6:30pm at the Evreux City Hall in France (1hr from Paris).  for all of our fellow compatriots in the greater Paris region please feel free to contact Mr Oueslati if you would like to attend: email:

this event will be the first of a series of events that our chapter in France is putting together to enhance the debate around the future of Tunisian democracy and the process of writing a new constitution.

This event will feature a video-conference with the US based Free Tunisia team members.