Tunisia’s report on human rights reviewed in Geneva
02/05/2017 16:57, Tunis/Tunisia

(TAP) - Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, on Tuesday morning, presented a series of recommendations to promote human rights in Tunisia.

During the review of Tunisia's periodic report on human rights, broadcast by videoconference from Geneva, representatives of 47 member states of the UN agency recommended the abolition of the death penalty and denounced the continuation of physical violations in detention centres and prisons.

They also recommended the use of alternative sentences, particularly for simple crimes.

Stakeholders also advocated the eradication of violence against women.

In this regard, they considered it essential to enact new laws that protect Tunisian women from all types of violence or marginalisation and strengthen the efforts of their economic empowerment.

The fight against trafficking in persons, racial discrimination and migration were also mentioned by the speakers who called on the Tunisian state to quickly enact new laws in this direction.

According to the representatives of the member states of the UN Human Rights Council, the Tunisian government must develop employment policies that guarantee a great reduction in the unemployment rate especially among young people.

The preservation of the independence of the constitutional bodies in Tunisia and the acceleration of the implementation of other similar structures were also among the recommendations of the speakers.

Participants welcomed the entry into force in Tunisia of a number of laws that enshrine fundamental and individual rights in accordance with the provisions of the new constitution.

They also commended the efforts of all the governments that had succeeded to power since the revolution for adopting dialogue as an instrument to reach consensus on all issues related to human rights.

In response to all these remarks and recommendations, the Tunisian delegation led by Mehdi Ben Gharbia, Minister for Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights Organisations explained that several laws are currently under revision In order to adapt them to Tunisia’s new constitution, citing, in particular, the penal code, the code of military justice and the draft law on violence against women.

In a statement to TAP, Yosra Fraoues, representative of the International Federation for Human Rights in Tunisia, said that several laws that are not in conformity with the text of the Tunisian Constitution have not yet been revised, citing laws related to individual rights, right of bodily integrity and torture prevention.”

"The revision of these laws does not tolerate any delay," she said.

In the same context, Yosra Fraoues advocated the abolition of the death penalty in Tunisia.

Since the promulgation of the anti-terrorist law of 2015, several detainees have been sentenced to death without the execution of the sentence, she said.

Tunisia's report did not clearly mention the issue of inequality between men and women, particularly as regards inheritance, as it has avoided addressing certain sensitive issues of interest to the civil society, in particular, the issue of impunity.

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