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Biography of Moncef MARZOUKI

Tunisia > Politics : Moncef MARZOUKI

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Born on 07/07/1945 (format : day/month/year)

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Moncef Marzouki was born 7 July 1945. Trained as a doctor, he is a Tunisian politcian ian and a long time opponent of the ex President Ben Ali. Neurological and public-health specialist trained in France (1973), became a human-rights advocate after observing medical experiments on patients. He returned to Tunisia in 1979 and founded the Center for Community Medicine in the slums of Sousse, south of Tunis. Marzouki cofounded the African Network for Prevention of Child Abuse (1981) and joined the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH), becoming its vice president (1987) and president (1989 - 1994).

He is a long-exiled opponent .

Dr. Moncef Marzouki is one of Tunisia's leading human rights defenders. A former president of the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH), he is presently the spokesperson for the National Council on Liberties in Tunisia (CNLT). He has faced systematic harassment and intimidation by the government of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali as a result of his outspoken criticism of the government's authoritarian policies. In reprisal for his activism, Dr Marzouki has been deprived since 1992 of his ability to carry out his professional duties as a professor of medicine in a public university and teaching hospital, although he still has a formal position there. He was jailed for four months in 1994 after he dared to put his name up as an opposition candidate to President Ben Ali in that year's elections.

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