Tunisian rights group holds long-barred meeting

AP News
Posted: Sep 09, 2011 3:06 PM
Tunisian rights group holds long-barred meeting

A long-suppressed Tunisian rights group has been allowed to hold its annual congress for the first time in 11 years, and it is calling on the country's next leaders to ensure independent courts, women's rights and the end of capital punishment.

The Tunisian League for Human Rights was barred from holding its gathering under autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Ben Ali was ousted by a popular uprising this year that prompted revolts around the Arab world.

Outgoing league president Mokhtar Trifi said, "It's like a dream."

Tunisia's interim prime minister and activists from throughout the Arab world attended the three-day congress that opened in Tunis on Friday. The Syrian delegation was among those that said it was inspired by the Tunisian group.