Human rights situation in Tunisia to be examined by UNHRC next May 2 in Geneva | Tunisia News Gazette

Human rights situation in Tunisia to be examined by UNHRC next May 2 in Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will examine the human rights situation in Tunisia during its universal periodic review (UPR) on May 2. For the third time, after 2008 and 2012, Tunisia will be tested by this mechanism which makes it possible to assess the situation of human rights in each country and to make recommendations with a view to its improvement.

A few days before the Geneva meeting, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), the Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Liberties (ADLI), the Tunisian Association for Justice and equality (DAMJ, Doustourna and Avocats Sans FrontiAres (ASF) have prepared a report on human rights situation in Tunisia.

“More than 20 other reports were prepared by other components of civil society, in addition to the official report of the Tunisian State,” said Yosra Fraoues, member of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH).

The report, which includes a review of the situation and recommendations, focused on four main factors in the assessment of human rights: the fight against impunity, respect for universal human rights, the right to life and physical integrity and the protection of equality and non-discrimination against women.

Comprehensive report

According to the organisations that prepared this report, several points of concern need to be examined to lead “the democratic transition in Tunisia on the road to the rule of law”. In fact, the report emphasised the length of the procedures for examining the files of the wounded and martyred of the Revolution “, which prevented the right to a fair trial and the right to be tried within a reasonable time “said Azaiez Sammoud, member of the organisation Avocats Sans FrontiAres.

He has also criticised the campaigns of discrimination and defamation that have targeted the Truth and Dignity Commission since its creation.

The president of the association for the defense of individual freedoms, Wahid Ferchichi said that the freedoms of opinion and expression in Tunisia are threatened, evoking the various artists who are or have been the subject of prosecution and the case of Sofiene Chourabi and Nadhir Guetari.

The report highlighted various legislative acts that infringe human rights and freedoms, including the Decree Law on Associations and Political Parties, the Anti-Terrorism Act and the circular prohibiting Tunisian women from marrying Non-Muslim.

Sharp recommendations

In order to improve the human rights situation, all the organisations that prepared this report set up a series of recommendations.

Among these recommendations, Fraous noted the cancellation of the bill on economic and financial reconciliation which would “grant a wide amnesty to businessmen and officials accused of corruption”.

All the organisations called for ensuring the protection of freedoms of expression and information in Tunisia, to initiate transparent and “reliable and independent” administrative and criminal measures against the perpetrators of physical and moral aggression committed against Journalists and artists.

At the legislative level, the report called for the reform or even the abolition of certain legislative texts, including the Terrorism Act and the laws which no longer conform to the principles of the new Constitution of 2014. They also called for the (Decree 115-116) and the General Statute of the Internal Security Forces and the repeal of Article 230 of the Tunisian Criminal Code Incriminating homosexuality.

A live screening of the examination session of the report presented by Tunisia in Geneva will take place on Tuesday, May 2, at the cinema Le Rio in Tunis from 8:00 am.

During the previous review in 2012, Tunisia had been severely criticized for having rejected certain recommendations of the member states of the United Nations concerning the respect of the rights to life and physical integrity and to guarantee full and effective equality between Tunisians without discrimination, according to the organisations that prepared the report.

Source: TAP News Agency

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