Mandatory vaccination passes aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 went into effect in Tunisia on Wednesday, despite some popular opposition and criticism from the rights group Amnesty International.
Only people with a vaccination record and their national identity card can now access cafes, banks, shopping centers and state institutions.
Dozens of people demonstrated Tuesday and Wednesday in central Tunis against this measure, decided by President Kais Saied in October in order to speed up the country’s vaccination campaign and limit the spread of the virus.
The presidential decree punishes anyone in the public and private sectors who refuses to obtain a vaccination card.
On Tuesday, Amnesty International urged authorities to suspend enforcement of the decree, saying it contained provisions violating human rights.
“The Tunisian authorities should not implement the new decree law until they amend it to ensure that vaccine pass requirements do not violate international human rights law by unnecessarily threatening the livelihoods of Tunisians by inflicting excessively severe penalties for non-compliance, ”the group said.