The Tunisian Judges Association warned that judges lack “judicial security” due to pressure from the authorities, which it said represents “a serious and ongoing threat to rights and freedoms.”
The association’s warning comes in response to the suspensions that included judges in several specialties, including judges in the terrorism sector, without any censure or criminal charges against them, according to its statement.
The association said in the statement, “The pressure of political discourse made judges work under an atmosphere of apprehension and intimidation, to the point of direct dismissal from the President of the Republic, suspensions, stripping of responsibilities, and arbitrary transfer from the Minister of Justice.”
She warned that “all of this represents a serious and continuing threat to rights and freedoms and to the balance between authorities and the rule of law.”
About 50 judges complain of the executive authority’s procrastination in returning them to their positions after they were relieved of their duties by decision of the president. Kais Saied In June 2022, claiming their involvement in corruption.
The Administrative Court annulled the president’s decision after an appeal filed by the dismissed judges, but the ruling has not been activated to date.
The Judges Association and opposition parties accuse Saeed – who overthrew the political regime in 2021 – of undermining the foundations of democracy and the independence of the judiciary.