Tunisia adopts new anti-terror law despite rights concerns

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TUNIS: The Tunisian parliament adopted a new anti-terror law overnight on Friday (Saturday in Manila) aimed at beefing up powers to confront a jihadist threat following deadly attacks but which has been slammed by rights groups as draconian. The law was adopted after three days of debate by 174 members of parliament with ten abstentions and no votes against. The president of the assembly, Mohamed Ennaceur welcomed the passing of the “law against terrorism and money laundering”, calling it an “historic” moment. The new legislation comes after a gunman massacred 38 tourists on a Tunisian beach in an attack claimed by Islamic State group (IS) on June 26.

AFP

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