Tunisians walk past shops closed by their owners as part of a one-day strike in protest against the increase of the numbers of street vendors in the center of Tunis on March 28, 2017. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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In recent years hundreds of young Tunisians have been jailed for smoking cannabis under a law from Ben Ali's era imposing a mandatory one-year prison sentence for narcotics use.Rights lawyer Ghazi Mrabet, who has campaigned against the anti-narcotics law, says political horsetrading causes these laws to stall in parliament.Walid Larbi, from the Beity association, says the proposed reforms threaten the "all-Tunisian, all-Muslim" image that the country's society has of itself.Tunisia has amended a law so that women no longer need permission from their husband to travel abroad with their children."Before you couldn't even say 'zatla' on television," adds Mrabet, using a slang word for cannabis.In their latest campaign, rights groups have called on authorities to scrap a ban on Tunisian Muslim women marrying non-Muslims.
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