Tunisia introduces compulsory vaccine passes to curb spread of Covid-19

Tunisia introduces compulsory vaccine passes to curb spread of Covid-19
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22 December, 2021
Tunisia introduced compulsory vaccine passes Wednesday despite criticism from Amnesty International that provisions in the new law violated human rights 'by inflicting unduly harsh penalties for non-compliance'.
Dozens of people protested in central Tunis on Tuesday and Wednesday against the new measures [source: Getty]

Compulsory vaccination passes aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 came into force in Tunisia on Wednesday, despite some popular opposition and criticism from rights group Amnesty International.

Only those presenting a vaccination pass and their national identity card are now able to access cafes, banks, shopping centres and state institutions.

Dozens of people protested in central Tunis on Tuesday and Wednesday against the measure, which was decided by President Kais Saied in October with the aim of speeding up the country's vaccination campaign and limiting the spread of the virus.

The presidential decree imposes penalties on anyone in the public and private sectors who refuses to obtain a vaccination pass.

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On Tuesday, Amnesty International urged the authorities to suspend the application of the decree, saying it contained provisions which violate human rights.

"The Tunisian authorities must not implement the new decree-law until they have amended it to ensure the vaccine pass requirements do not violate international human rights law by needlessly threatening the livelihoods of Tunisians by inflicting unduly harsh penalties for non-compliance," the rights group said.