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Carter Center Statement on the Assassination of Chokri Belaid

(En français)


The Carter Center strongly condemns the assassination of Mr. Chokri Belaid, a leader of the Popular Front coalition, in what appears to be a politically motivated act.

"The assassination of Mr. Belaid is tragic, and an attack not only against Mr. Belaid and his freedom to speak his opinions freely, but to all Tunisians who have expressed their will to live in a free and democratic society," former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said.

The Carter Center also condemns the acts of violence perpetrated against political parties, activists, journalists, and other citizens in recent weeks, as well as those against religious shrines. These attacks, including those that have occurred after the assassination of Mr. Belaid, are contrary to the principles of a democratic society in which citizens can express freely their political opinions and religious beliefs.

The Carter Center appeals to all Tunisians and the political leadership to exercise restraint, to reject violence, and to renew the spirit of peaceful dialogue and open debate that has characterized post-revolutionary Tunisia. The Center further urges the authorities to condemn all acts of political violence and to investigate and take appropriate measures in response.

The Carter Center expresses its condolences to Mr. Belaid's family and colleagues.

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