28 January 2020
Statement originally published by the Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux on 7 January 2020.
The Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux is following the news about the creation of a camp in the region of Bir El Fatnassiya, 15 km to the south of the city of Rmada in the governorship of Tataouine within the framework of an emergency plan. After the experience of the camp in Choucha, where volunteer citizens have taken on most of the responsibility and, after the withdrawal of international organisations, Tunisia has been forced to face the consequences of this camp's establishment, including providing accommodation for a group of asylum seekers in the youth centre in Marsa. The future camp will be named as a "centre of reception and guidance", to be managed by the Tunisian government, while we must recall the existence of the centre in El Ourdira and the intolerable conditions in which migrant people and refugees are received there. In view of the lack of information about this plan, of the questions raised by its location, in particular regarding minimum human and safety conditions, and in view of the flaws in the Tunisian judicial system and the absence of a national migration strategy and of a law that guarantees the rights of migrant people, the FTDES asks whether it is desirable to make such choices while knowing that they threaten refugees' fundamental rights and:
The Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux
The President, Abderrahmane Hedhili
Original (in French) available here.
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