Deputy president of the Tunisian Assembly Abdelfattah Mouro (C) speaks with deputies during a debate on July 24, 2015 at the Assembly of the Representatives of the People in Tunis. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
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The Tunisian parliament adopted a new anti-terror law overnight Friday aimed at beefing up powers to confront an extremist threat following deadly attacks but which has been slammed by rights groups as draconian.The new legislation comes after a gunman massacred 38 tourists on a Tunisian beach in an attack claimed by ISIS on June 26 .While the law was widely supported by both secular and Islamist parties, it has been strongly criticized by rights groups and NGOs.Rights groups also questioned the powers the law accords the authorities, allowing them to detain suspects for 15 days without access to a lawyer or being brought before a judge.Both attacks were claimed by ISIS.
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