UN Rapporteur on freedom of religion says gap between human rights provisions, reality | Tunisia News Gazette

UN Rapporteur on freedom of religion says gap between human rights provisions, reality

-“There is still a gap between human rights provisions in the Tunisian Constitution and practical reality,” United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed Thursday told a news conference in Tunis.

“Notwithstanding guarantees of freedom of religion and belief provided by the Tunisian legislation, some practices undermine religious pluralism and freedom of belief,” he emphasised.

Shaheed, speaking as he wrapped up an observation mission (April 9-19) in his capacity as an independent UN expert, also said pressure persists and even harassment over religious practices.

“Some religious communities and other minorities are now facing difficulties and restrictions on the freedom of religious worship and practice,” Shaheed underlined. He shed light, in this vein, on measures imposed on inmates.

Shaheed also spoke about intolerance towards religious conversion in the Tunisian society, hate

discourses and accusations of apostasy.

Nevertheless, Tunisia’s 2014 charter is “very progressive” and can serve as a model for the whole region as it enshrines the freedoms of conscience, belief and religious practice.

There are still challenges along the way, including the fight against violent extremism, sustainable economic development and the consolidation of democratic institutions, the rule of law, pluralism and inclusion.

“It is a challenge for any country to balance its security approach as part of endeavours to respect fundamental liberties,” the UN expert said.

The policies that beef up capacities to face up to terrorism by means of circumscribing fundamental rights often have disastrous consequences when it comes to freedom of faith.

Source: TAP News Agency

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