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COALITION FOR THE ABROGATION OF THE CIRCULAR OF THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE OF 5 NOVEMBER 1973 (MARRIAGE OF TUNISIAN WOMEN WITH NON-MUSLIMS)

COALITION FOR THE ABROGATION OF THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE'S CIRCULAR OF 5 NOVEMBER 1973

(MARRIAGE OF TUNISIAN WOMEN WITH NON-MUSLIMS)

PRESS RELEASE OF MARCH 27, 2017

The Coalition for the abrogation of the circular of the Minister of Justice of November 5, 1973 on the marriage of the “Muslim Tunisian” with a non-Muslim is an informal gathering which brings together collective dynamics of converging mobilizations: that initiated by the Collective Civilian for the defense of individual freedoms in January 2016, that initiated by the Federation of Tunisian Citizens of the Two Rives (FTCR) on July 11 and August 10, 2016 and that of " A9aliyat », Association for the support of minorities, August 13, 2016. The coalition, whose objective is to promote loud and clear the cause of the free choice of spouse, is a framework open to all associations and to people who want the abrogation of the circular of the Minister of Justice dated November 5, 1973 relating to the marriage of “Tunisian Muslim women” or presumed to be such, with non-Muslims or presumed to be such.

This circular is contrary to the constitution and to international conventions duly ratified by the Tunisian State in matters of protection of individual freedoms, equality between men and women and the free choice of spouse.

The Tunisian constitution of January 27, 2014 guarantees in its preamble the equality of citizens in rights and duties. Its article 6 establishes the freedom of belief, conscience and the exercise of worship. Article 21 recognizes the equality of citizens in rights and duties and before the law without discrimination and guarantees them equal freedoms. individual and collective. Finally, article 46 places the responsibility of the State on the protection, consolidation and improvement of the acquired rights of women.

The circular of November 5, 1973 is contrary to the United Nations convention on consent to marriage, minimum age and registration of marriages, ratified without reservation by Tunisia in 1968. It violates the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in its ratified provision on the free choice of spouse, on which all reservations were lifted in 2011 and duly notified in April 2014

This discriminatory measure, in addition to its unconstitutional nature, is contrary to the Personal Status Code which does not provide for any explicit impediment to marriage on religious grounds, cults and beliefs. It calls into question a fundamental right of every human being: the freedom to choose a spouse.

This prohibition is a suffering for thousands of Tunisian women and their families. Prevented from registering their marriage in Tunisian civil status, they are deprived of their fundamental right to legal certainty.

The coalition calls on all democrats to participate in this collective with a view to organizing a national and international campaign to repeal the circular of November 5, 1973 from the Minister of Justice which prohibits the right of Tunisian women to marry unmarried spouses. - Muslims.

To join this initiative, please contact the FTCR - Tunisia, 11 avenue Habib Thameur, Tunis 71 353 827 mail: ftcr.tunisie@gmail.com

Abderrazak KITAR (24537378 and 0033660158773) - Tarek BEN HIBA (tel: 28072655 and 0033646190915)

Signatory associations and organizations:

1. Activ'Fons Association

2. Association Aigle de Carthage.

3. APEL-Equality Association.

4. Cap Med-FTCR Association.

5. Citizen Association for Participatory Democracy (ACDP)

6. Citizenship and Freedoms Association.

7.Cultures association of both sides ACRD

8. Association for Combating Racial Discrimination and for Equality (ADAM).

9. Association of Tunisian Democrats in Benelux (ADTB).

10. Association of Tunisian Women for Research on Development (AFTURD).

11. Association of Tunisians and Tunisians in Switzerland (ATTS).

12. Association of Tunisians of Isère, Citizens of Deux Rives (ATI-CDR).

13. Association of Tunisians of the North of France (ATNF).

14. Association of Tunisians in France (ATF).

15. Association of Tunisians in France Haute-Savoie (ATF - Haute Savoie).

16. EndaInter-Arabe Association.

17. Citizen Engagement Association.

18. Association for Women and Citizenship (AFC).

19. Plural Women association.

20. French Association of the World (ADFE - Tunisia).

21. IMAGECOM Association.

22. Association Jasmin Yasamine Méditerranée.

23. Association for the Building of a Culture of Citizenship, (AECC).

24. Association le pont de Genève.

25. SOS Terrorism Association.

26. Association Suedo-Tunisienne.

27. Association Tunisie Culture et Solidarité (ATCS).

28. Association Tunisie Terre des Hommes (ATTH).

29.               Association tunisian from Advice and orientation Geographical Digital (ATCOGEN).

30. Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Freedoms (ADLI).

31. Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities (ATSM).

32. Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD).

33. VENUS Association for Culture and Art.

34. Zembra Echo Association.

35. Beïty.

36. Citizens of 2 Rives (C2R).

37. Citizens and Solidarity.

38. Coalition for Women of Tunisia (CFT).

39. Tunisian Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

40. Collective 3 C.

41. Collective of Tunisian Women (CFT).

42. Collective of Tunisian Women Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

43. Nissa Al Collective 46.

44. Vigilance Committee for Democracy in Tunisia (CVDT).

45. Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia (CRLDHT).

46. Citizen Dynamics of Tunisians in France (DCTV).

47. Federation of Tunisians for Citizenship of the Two Shores (FTCR).

48. Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES).

49. Tawhida Ben Cheikh Group - Research & Action for Women's Health.

50. Horra - Tunis regional office.

51. League of Tunisian Women Voters (LET).

52. Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LTDH).

53. Citizen Movement of Tunisians in France (MCTF).

54. Organization Against Torture in Tunisia (OCTT).

55. Euro Maghreb Citizenship and CULTURE Network (REMCC)

56. Euromediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN).

57. Tunisia France Culture (Clermont-Ferrand).

58. National Union of Tunisian Women (UNFT).

59. Vigilance for Democracy and Civil Status (Yaquadha).

60. Younga Solidaire.

Dated: 

Monday, March 27, 2017

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