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


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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