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Tunisia: A Pact for Equality and Individual Freedoms is born

Tunisia: A Pact for equality and individual freedoms is born

More than 90 signatory associations

(Tunis, July 24, 2018) To concretize their attachment to a civil and democratic Tunisian Republic, more than 90 associations in Tunisia are today launching the Pact for Equality and Individual Freedoms, which contains the fundamental rights which every Tunisian must benefit. This Pact comes in the wake of the publication of the report of the Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality, established in August 2017 and whose report was released on June 12.

In view of the proposals of the Commission, which aims to place human rights at the heart of the Tunisian legal system and to get rid of the laws that have long served as an instrument of repression in the hands of governments, the signatory organizations and personalities considered it necessary to drawing up this Pactequi takes up the main recommendations of the Commission in 10 points, and calls on the authorities to translate them into legislation as soon as possible. A ceremony for joining the Pact will be organized during the Tunis Congress for Freedoms and Equality, Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Cité de la Culture, Salle Omar Khlifi.

« Tunisia is at an important turning point in its history. The recent gains in the democratic field will remain very fragile if the basis of individual freedoms and equality between all Tunisian citizens is not strengthened, ”Said Yosra Frawes, President of the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women.

President Béji Caid Essebsi created the Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality on August 13, 2017, on the occasion of National Women's Day. He instructed her to recommend reforms " relating to individual freedoms and equality, which derive from the provisions of the constitution of January 27, 2014, international human rights standards and current trends in the field of freedoms and equality ". The nine-member Commission is chaired by Bochra Bel Haj Hmida, member of parliament.

In its report, the Commission recommends decriminalizing sodomy, guaranteeing equality between men and women in inheritance, repealing laws based on "morality" and abolishing the death penalty.

« It is today the responsibility of all political actors, including the President of the Republic and the parties represented in Parliament, to do everything possible to translate into law these recommendations and principles included in the report of the Commission and included. in this Pact, "Said Nessryne Jelali, President of the Al Bawsala Association.

Based on the principles of freedom, equality and dignity, the Covenant also calls for the abolition of the death penalty, as well as all forms of discrimination between citizens, whatever the justification or the foundation.

« Human rights have long been obscured in the legal system in Tunisia, which has instead enshrined authoritarianism and the domination of single thought in the political and societal field over the primacy of respect for individual freedom., ”Said DimitrisChristopoulos, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). 

The Covenant calls for strengthening the fight against torture and any other form of violation of human dignity, as well as respect for sexual freedoms and gender orientations, inherent in fundamental human rights. It makes the presumption of innocence and guarantees of access to a fair trial as well as the fight against arbitrary arrests central to the rule of law.

The right to privacy, freedom of conscience and thought, freedom of expression, academic and artistic freedoms, are also considered fundamental rights and represent the pillars of a democratic, creative and plural society.

« Tunisians have shed many yokes since the Revolution, but now is the time to have a real legislative revolution and to recognize that the individual, as a creator of values, standards and wealth for himself and for the community must be protected against arbitrary interference by the State or others, ”Said Amna Guellali, director of Human Rights Watch in Tunisia.

« The history of Tunisia is marked by progressive laws, such as the Code of Personal Status in 1956 and the Constitution of 2014. Today, the logical continuation to complete this movement would be to adopt the Code for individual freedoms and Equality Code as recommended by the Commission, "Said Jinan Limam, President of the Tunisian Association for Individual Freedoms.

Press contact

Amna Guellali (English, French, Arabic): 216-24-485-324 (mobile); or Twitter : @aguellaa

Yosra Frawes: (English, French, Arabic): 216-21298312 (mobile);

Wahid Ferchichi: (English, French, Arabic): 216-22254711 (portable);

Lamine Ben Ghazi: (English, French, Arabic): 216-51948708 (portable);

Signatory Associations and Organizations:

  1. Tunisian Coalition Against the Death Penalty
  2. Tunisian Association of Democratic Women
  3. Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Freedoms
  4. Tunisian Association for the Defense of University Values
  5. Tunisian Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Child
  6. Tunisian Association for the Fight against Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS, Tunis
  7. Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights
  8. Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights
  9. National Union of Tunisian Journalists
  10. Al Bawsala Association
  11. L’Art Rue Association
  12. Tunisian Women's Association for Development Research
  13. Tahadi Association
  14. Shams Association
  15. Association Ensemble
  16. Dissonances Association
  17. Association "Vigilance" for Democracy and Civil Status
  18. Damj - Tunisian Association for Justice and Equality
  19. League of Tunisian Women Voters
  20. Mawjoudin Initiative for Equality
  21. Support Center for Democratic Transition and Human Rights
  22. African Women's Forum
  23. EUROMED rights network
  24. International Federation for Human Rights
  25. Let's be active / active
  26. Heinrich Böll Foundation
  27. OXFAM
  28. Lawyers Without Borders
  29. Legal Agenda
  30. Women and Citizenship Association - El Kef
  31. Association Tunisie Terre des Hommes
  32. Tunisian Federation for a citizenship of both shores
  33. Association for the development and supervision of young people and children - Jendouba
  34. Civil Soumoud Collective
  35. Sounbola Association
  36. Equality Parity Association
  37. Trait d'Ution Association
  38. Tunisian Minority Support Association
  39. Joussour Citizenship Association - Le Kef
  40. Association of school creativity
  41. Citizenship and Freedoms Association
  42. Mouwatinet Association
  43. Association for the Promotion of the Right to Difference
  44. Citizens & Solidarity Association
  45. Observatory for the defense of the right to be different
  46. Tawhida Ben Cheikh Group for Research & Action in Women's Health
  47. Tunisia Culture and Solidarity Association - Paris
  48. World Organization Against Torture
  49. Association by الحوم
  50. Tunis Center for Press Freedom
  51. Tunisian Association for Integrity and Democracy of Elections
  52. Tunisian Women's Coalition
  53. Enda Inter-Arabic
  54. Tunisian Association for Positive Prevention
  55. Tunisian Association for Reproductive Health
  56. Free sight association
  57. Association the manifesto of culture
  58. Chouf Association
  59. Al-Sajine Initiative 52
  60. Amnesty International - Tunisia Section
  61. Al Kahina Association for Culture and Development
  62. CALAM Association
  63. Psychologists of the World
  64. The Path of Dignity Association
  65. Parity Citizenship Association - Tigar
  66. Association of rural women - Jendouba
  67. Horra organization
  68. Waai Association
  69. United-to-them Association
  70. MagidaBoulila Association for Modernity - Sfax
  71. Aswat Nissaa Association
  72. Association FanniRaghmanAnni
  73. International Council of Women Entrepreneurs
  74. Tunisian Council of Secularism
  75. Jamaity Association
  76. Lam Echaml Association
  77. Manifesto Association for Development and Citizenship - Beja
  78. M’nemty Association
  79. Tunisian Organization for Social Justice and Solidarity
  80. Doustourna network
  81. National network of peer educators Y-PEER Tunisia
  82. Women and Leadership Association
  83. Frida Association
  84. Education and Family Organization
  85. Development Association for Education and the Family
  86. Nimaa Association for Development and Democracy
  87. People's Voice Association
  88. Al-Na'oura Association
  89. Zmorda space
  90. Association of Friends of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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