The Carter Center Encourages Greater Civil Society Engagement in Upcoming Human Rights Consultations

Contact: In Atlanta, Soyia Ellison,
In Tunis, Fida Nasrallah,, +216 94 556 461

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TUNIS — The Carter Center commends the decision by the Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Authorities, Civil Society and Human Rights to launch public consultations in preparation for the Tunisia’s first periodic report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since the passage of the new constitution in 2014. The report should highlight Tunisia’s significant human rights advances as well as the government’s assessment of outstanding issues of concern.

To date, the ministry has scheduled two consultations in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In order to facilitate broader participation by civil society and human rights advocates and consider the views of citizens in marginalized regions, the Center encourages the ministry to organize an additional five or six consultations in Tunisia’s outer regions.

The Carter Center submitted a report to the UNHRC in September 2016 that includes key findings and recommendations from its observation work since 2011 in Tunisia. The report highlighted Tunisia’s progress in creating constitutional protections for human rights and fundamental freedoms and offered recommendations on steps to more closely align the country’s laws and their application with its international and national human rights commitments.

Key issues include promoting equality between men and women; developing a law to punish violence against women; abolishing the death penalty; strengthening the fight against torture and inhumane treatment; ending racial discrimination; introducing prison reform; protecting and promoting freedom of expression, and ensuring inclusive electoral processes.


Le Centre Carter incite à une plus grande participation de la société civile aux consultations sur le rapport périodique relatif aux droits de l’homme

مركز كارتر يحث على مزيد تشريك المجتمع المدني في الاستشارات حول التقرير الدوري المتعلق بحقوق الإنسان


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