tisdag 25 januari 2011

« Green Tunisia » party and youth

The executive committee of the Green Tunisia party met on Sunday 23rd January 2011, and after discussing and exchanging viewpoints on establishing transparent and democratic
party leadership, based on frank and meaningful discussion, and after all political decisions made by the executive concerning the party's management and training were adopted by the majority, including external national and international activities and the general political situation as gleaned from official and regional inter-party reports and regarding progressive parties and various elements of independent civil society, it was agreed to distribute responsibility within the executive committee in the following way:


The same day, the Youth committee of the Green Tunisia party met and chose the following structure:


The committee decided to hold the founding congress of the Youth Greens of the Green Tunisia party from 12-13th March 2011.

fredag 21 januari 2011

« Green Tunisia » declaration

Today, Wednesday 19th January 2011, the executive committee including founding members met at its temporary premises at 17 Rue Talleyrand in Tunis.

The national coordinator told the super-sized committee about our party receiving its official stamp on 17th January 2011 and his meeting with the Prime Minister on 18th January 2011.

All the founding members present were satisfied with their victories over the dictator. They also expressed their connection with the Jasmin Revolution of youth and the Tunisian people.

The meeting was honoured by the presence of Mr Ahmed Zghal, considered by Tunisian Greens as the veteran of the Greens movement in Tunisia, particularly in Sfax.

Our friend, Ahmed Zghal has supported our party and directly told the government so, when our party fell victim to the Hold-up on 03/03/2006.

The founding members of the « Green Tunisia » party salute the declaration our friend, DanielCohn Bendit made about the situation in Tunisia before the European parliament.

We consider that the revolution has not achieved its objectives, and we should remain vigilant in case dictatorship returns.

Our founding members and activists refused to participate in a « caretaker » government, and felt only a public-spirited government could meet the expectations of the popular uprising.

The executive committee plus founding members has boosted the political executive, and we provide the complete list. The executive committee including founding members will motivate and structure the party, and help us prepare for the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.

National coordinator:
Mr Abdelkader Zitouni

Mrs Nejiba Bakhtri
Mrs Naima Guiza
Mr Raouf Chemmari
Mr Fadhel Rouached
Mr Mustapha Zitouni
Mr Mohsen Maatoug
Mr Adel Azzabi
Mr Faouzi Hadhbaoui

Young Greens Coordinator:
Mr Walid Hmam

tisdag 18 januari 2011

Tunisie Verte is officially confirmed!

I would like to inform you that the Interior Ministry has just contacted us to confirm that the official stamp of the "Green Tunisia" party is ready, and to go and pick it up from the Interior Ministry.

Also, the Prime Minister has contacted us to arrange a meeting, at 9am, Tuesday 18th January 2011 in the prime minister's office.

I will send you further information as soon as it comes to hand.

Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:11:16 +0100
Subject: Visa de "Tunisie Verte"
From: tunisie.verte@gmail.com


Je voudrais vous informer que le ministère de l'intérieur vient de nous contacter pour nous informer que le Visa du parti "Tunisie Verte" est prêt et qu'on peut aller le récupérer au ministère de l'intérieur. D'autre part, Monsieur le premier ministre nous a contacté pour un rendez-vous Mardi 18 Janvier 2011 à 9H du matin au premier ministère. Je vous transmetterais les informations complémentaires aussitôt obtenues.

Je vous tiens au courant

Abdelkader ZITOUNI
Coordinateur National
Parti "Tunisie Verte", membre du Parti Vert Européen, membre de la fédération des verts africains, membre de "Global Greens".

onsdag 12 januari 2011

International observation in Belorus

ANALYTICAL NOTE (Prepared by International Observational Mission in Belorussia)

This analytical note was prepared on the basis of data, obtained 3 January through 5 January 2011 from 73 individuals, which include 61 questionnaires, filled in with their own hand, and personal interviews of 12 detainees

1. Law-enforcement bodies actions at the Independence square and in some other Minsk districts
1.1. The majority of interviewees witnessed the application of force on behalf of riot police officers while detaining people.
1.2. Special tools (truncheons) were also applied to the interviewed participants of the public meeting.
1.3. Some interviewees were random pedestrians and did not take part in the public meeting.

2. Conditions of detainees transportation
2.1. As some interviewees witnessed, the density in special vehicles, which belong to Ministry of the Interior of Republic of Belarus, amounted to 70 people (while maximum number of seating places is around 30)
2.2. One interviewee claimed, that the density in one vehicle (analogy of minibuses) amounted to 71 person.
2.3. As the majority of interviewees stated, detainees were prevented from using bathrooms (at the exception of the detainees in one special police vehicle).
2.4. Almost all of interviewees claimed, that the police refused water to detainees.
2.5. It took from 2 to 3 hours to transport detainees.

3. Conditions in detention centers
3.1. Detention center in Okrestina St.
3.1.1. The interviewed detainees were kept in special police vehicles from 40 minutes to 3 hours.
3.1.2. After being kept in special police vehicles interviewees were compelled to stay outside for 30-40 minutes.
3.1.3. As the majority of the interviewed stated, detainees were not allowed to use the bathroom (except the detainees, kept in one of the special police vehicles) for about 9 hours.
3.1.4. As all interviewees witness, they were all made to stand, facing the wall of the corridor and holding their hands behind their backs, for 2-3 hours. After that they were allowed to sit on the floor.
3.1.5. minimum 3 hours later, detainees were taken for the formal procedures in groups, there they sat or lay on the floor, waiting for the formal procedures. Meanwhile, as some of the interviewed witnessed, riot police officers kicked some of the detainees, who were lying on the floor, in the faces, while passing them by.
3.1.6. Formal procedures regarding a part of the detainees were started 12 hours after the detention (the bulk of detention episodes took place, as interviewees witnessed, from 22.00 till 02.00), and all this time detainees were deprived of sleep.
3.1.7. Any kind of food or water was not provided to the detainees, with an episodic exception (two interviews show that after trials in one of the police special vehicles riot police officers at their own initiative provided the arrested with food, and it was first time provided more than 30 hours after the detention.
3.1.8. At detainees' disposal was water from the bathroom tub only 8 hours later they had been transported to the place.
3.1.9. Relatives were not informed by the authorities about detentions.

3.2. In local Minsk police stations
3.2.1. As interviewees state, treatment on behalf of police officers was generally better, than the one on behalf of riot police officers, though several witnesses claim there were some instances of battery in Oktyabrskoye local police station.
3.2.2. At the same time the arrested witnessed, that students were questioned by presumably KGB officers, who compelled them to read out loud the prepared text to be video recorded at risk of being expelled from higher institutions.
3.2.3. In Oktyabrskoye local police station the under-aged female detainee was threatened by drowning in the toilet bowl and battering, and her requests not to smoke addressed to the police officers, were ignored.

4. Conditions of transportation to the courts, detention in court
4.1. During transportation detainees to court the density, according to the respondents mentioned this fact, clearly exceeds the allowable (two seats for six people)
4.2. In court buildings detainees were held up to 8 persons in rooms designed for two or three people

5. Trial
5.1. Almost all respondents witnessed that the materials of administrative cases were prepared in an identical manner without taking into account the actual circumstances of detention.
5.2. The state attorney has not been provided in most cases when the interviewed detainees asked for his involvement in the process, the refusal to admit a lawyer hired by relatives of the detained is also fixed.
5.3. Witnesses for the defense was not interrogated according to all respondents.
5.4. According to all respondents, the duration of the trials did not exceed 10-15 minutes, and the position of defense consistently wasn't taken into account.
5.5. Procedure for appealing the court decisions was clarified not
always or not completely (the obligation to pay the state fee not always was clarified, the opportunity to pay for it wasn't given, the opportunity to apply for exemption from payment was not explained).
5.6. Copies of court decisions, according to the majority of respondents, were given at the end of the period of administrative detention (ie, upon the expiration for appeal), but in the Moscow district court of Minsk copies of court decisions were usually given after a judicial act.
5.7. In Zhodino Detention centre paper for making complaints were given on the 4 th day or after five days (the period of appeal is five days after the announcement of a judicial act), and the state attorney for the drafting of complaints was not provided.
5.8. In all recorded cases (except in cases of administrative offenses against the citizens of Russia, when complaints about judicial decisions were made, these complaints were not considered.

6. Transportation to Detention centres.
6.1. According to some respondents, the riot police officers, who were bringing prisoners to the Zhodino detention centre, beat at the entrance to the special police vehicle and also at exit from it.
6.2. According to one of the arrested, he witnessed the beating of the arrested by riot police officers for the purpose of forcing him to sing the song "Sanya will be with us".

7. Detention
7.1. General
7.1.1. Drinking water was not provided
7.1.2. Law quality of food service, some respondents reported diarrheas among arrested
7.1.3. Qualified medical assistance was not always provided.
7.1.4. Beddings (mattresses, blankets, bed linen) were given not always.

7.2. Zhodino detention centre
7.2.1. According to all respondents, the temperature was acceptable, but it was close.
7.2.2. Toiletries were not given.
7.2.3. According to many respondents, there were insects in cells (cockroaches).
7.2.4. Not all respondents were taken out for walks and those who were taken - only once every 2-3 days for 15-30 minutes in the courtyard 5*4 meters or in the corridor.
7.2.5. In Zhodzino fluorescent lights were turned off at night, a weaker bulb was switched on.
7.2.6. Toilet in the part of cells consisted of a toilet bowl with a high barrier, in part - a hole in the floor with a low wall (no higher than 1 m)

7.3. Detention centre in Minsk district police station
7.3.1. According to the respondents, arrested people during the first 3-4 days they were kept in cold, unheated cell, they were forced to sleep in outerwear
7.3.2. At night the light wasn't switched off.
7.3.3. According to one of the respondents provided food was cold, the first two days breakfast wasn't provided and was given only after statements about hunger strike
7.3.4. Walkings were once a day for 15 minutes
7.3.5. Parcels were delivered not in full, there were refusal to transfer food.
7.3.6. Toilet was a hole in the floor with a low barrier.

7.4. Detention centre at Okrestino St.
7.4.1. Beddings were given not allways, even if they were given, it happened on the 3-5th day.
7.4.2. Nobody was taken for a walk.
7.4.3. Part of respondents witnessed that arrested were held in the cold, unheated cells.
7.4.4. Access to the shower was given only 1-2 times (evidence is recorded that access to the shower was given only after the collective
complaint), for one of the respondent it was provided only after 8-9 days.
7.4.5. Food in parcels was transferred not always and not earlier than 25.12.2010г.

7.5. Placement center for under age
7.5.1. Detained girl was hold until the evening 20.12.2010 in a cold, unheated room.
7.5.2. Bedding were not given, detained was forced to sleep on the floor.
7.5.3. Access to the shower was not provided.
7.5.4. Detainees were denied in access to toiletries.
7.5.5. Relatives of detained girl weren't informed.

Conclusions from the analyzed information

1. Most of the respondents suffered some form of violence;
2. Conditions of transportation and detention are described by all interviewed detainees or arrested people as inhuman and degrading human dignity treatment;
3. Trials of all interviewed detainees did not meet the criteria of a fair trial and are characterized by clearly accusatory bias.