Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has dismissed criticism of his government’s handling of Black African refugees after hundreds of Black African immigrants were apprehended by police and left on the Libyan border.

Saied said the immigrants are being treated humanely, as a result of what he called “Tunisian values” contrary to what colonial circles and their agents are circulating.


Human Rights Watch had earlier reported that, since the 2nd of this month, several hundred Black African immigrants and asylum seekers, including children and pregnant women, have been forcibly relocated by Tunisian security forces to a distant, fortified buffer zone near the Tunisia-Libya border.


Human Rights Watch said, people who were expelled without due process include those who had both regular and irregular legal status in Tunisia.