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Carter Center Statement on the Assassination of NCA Deputy Mohamed Brahmi

CONTACT: Tunis, Marion Volkmann +216 50 666 649; Atlanta, Deborah Hakes +1 404 420 5124

The Carter Center strongly condemns the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi, a National Constituent Assembly deputy and leader of the Popular Currant (Courant Populaire, El Tayyar El Chaabi). His assassination comes on the anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Tunisia and just six months after the targeted killing of opposition leader, Chokri Belaïd.

The past year has seen acts of violence perpetrated against political party members, activists, journalists, and other citizens. The Center condemns all such acts in the strongest terms, and appeals to Tunisians and to all social and political actors in the country to exercise restraint, reject violence, and redouble efforts at dialogue during this critical leg of the country's transition. The Center further renews its call for authorities to take on all necessary measures against political violence and to strongly condemn hate speech. The Center urges the authorities to investigate the assassination of Brahmi, Chokri Belaïd, and other apparently politically motivated crimes, in order to prevent a culture of impunity from taking root in Tunisia.

The Center also urges authorities to institute stronger protections for freedom of speech, political beliefs, and religious beliefs, including through the new constitution, which Brahmi dedicated much of his service to achieving at the National Constituent Assembly.

The Carter Center expresses sincere condolences to Brahmi's family, friends, colleagues, and all Tunisians.


Déclaration du Centre Carter sur l'assassinat du député Mohamed Brahmi

بيان مركز كارتر حول اغتيال النائب محمد البراهمي

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