Tunisia's Repressive Laws: The Reform Agenda

Dec. 27, 2011, 4:48 p.m.

Human Rights Watch published a report outlining several reforms the interim leadership should make to Tunisia's laws to bring the government into compliance with international standards. The changes suggested will allow for greater freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and allow for robust political opposition.  The brief can be found here.

This report presents 10 priority areas for reforming domestic legislation that compromises the rights of Tunisians. It focuses on laws that are incompatible with enjoyment of the rights affirmed in the international treaties that Tunisia has ratified, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Tunisia ratified in 1969, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to which it acceded in 1983.
This report does not include all of the harsh laws that comprise Tunisia’s repressive legal arsenal; nor does it cover all provisions that need to be harmonized with international human rights law. 

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