Tunisia: Abuse widespread under the law against drugs

The new bill reduces sentences, but still contains some troubling flaws

(Tunis) - A new drugs bill would reduce penalties for drug use without answering all the concerns raised by human rights with the current law, declared the Human Rights Watch in a report released today. The Tunisian authorities should revise the law to eliminate all prison terms for use or possession of drugs for recreational purposes.

The 33-page report, entitled " 'All This for a joint': Tunisia's Repressive Drug Law and a Roadmap for Its Reform" ( "" All for a joint ": The repressive law on drugs in Tunisia and how to reform '), document the human rights violations and the serious effects of a social plan resulting from the current draconian drug law, under which thousands of Tunisians are condemned every year to prison sentences simply for consumption or possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal...

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