TUNISIAN ACTIVISTS OPPOSE LAW ‘THAT WOULD GRANT AMNESTY TO CORRUPTION’ | Tunisia News Gazette

TUNISIAN ACTIVISTS OPPOSE LAW ‘THAT WOULD GRANT AMNESTY TO CORRUPTION’

Tunisian activists have taken to the streets this month to protest the proposed Economic Reconciliation Law recently revived in parliament. If approved, the bill would offer a path for corrupt Ben Ali-era officials and business people to legalize their stolen assets and secure a form of amnesty.

The Tunisian government adopted the law last year and forwarded it to parliament for approval, a move that sparked widespread protests at the time. These protests led the bill to be shelved – it was not approved by parliament at that time.

However, on June 29 of this year, the general committee on legislation began debating the bill, and President Beji Caid Essebsi asked for the law to be adopted before parliament’s summer recess on July 25. This move reignited popular opposition; civil society groups held a press conference denouncing the law on July 15 and engaged in a series of public demonstrations in the past week.

Wissem Sghaier is a prominent member of the Manish Msamah (I Will Not Forgive) movement helping to organize opposition to the law. He says the law subverts the aims of the constitution and legitimizes corruption.

“The draft reconciliation law is meant to launder the system,” Sghaier said. “Talking about reconciliation outside the realm of transitional justice is a constitutional breach and an attempt to encourage the culture of corruption, which will have drastic repercussions on the economic, social, political and ethical situation [in Tunisia].

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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