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Tunisia: Democratic Socialist Movement (MDS), its founders, history, headquarters, leaders and treatment of its members from 1995 to 1998

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 September 1998
Citation / Document Symbol TUN30089.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Tunisia: Democratic Socialist Movement (MDS), its founders, history, headquarters, leaders and treatment of its members from 1995 to 1998, 1 September 1998, TUN30089.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abb060.html [accessed 24 January 2018]
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For background information on the Democratic Socialist Movement or Mouvement des démocrates socialistes (MDS) in Tunisia, please refer to Political Handbook of the World 1997 which is available in Regional Documentation Centres.

Two of its leaders, Mohamed Mouadda (chairman) and Khemais Chammari , the first  sentenced to 12 years in prison in October 1995, the second to 5 years in July 1995, were released conditionally from jail on 30 December 1996 (Comité pour le respect des libertés 7 June 1998; AI 31 Dec. 1996). The MDS was ordered by government  to refrain from any political activity (Comité pour le respect des libertés 7 June 1998).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

Amnesty International (AI, London. 31 December 1998. Tunisia: Conditional Release of Two Prisoners of Conscience (AI Index: MDE 30/50/96). London: Amnesty International. [Internet]. www.amnesty.org//news/1996/53005096 [Accessed: 29 September 1998]

Comité pour le respect des libertés et des droits démocratiques en Tunisie. 7 June 1998. Mohamed Moaada, président du Mouvement des démocrates socialistes (MDS) en grève de la faim depuis le 3 juin 1998. [Internet]. www.mygale.org/~mahgreb/comité-t/moaada0698 [Accessed: 29 September 1998]

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