Tunisia: new Authority to defend rights and democracy

It will monitor violation of human rights, freedom

18 May, 14:15

    Lawyer Ayachi Hammami Lawyer Ayachi Hammami

    TUNIS - Leading Tunisian professionals and intellectuals have announced the creation of a National Authority to defend rights and democracy. The authority will pursue the objective of "defending rights and democracy and fight human rights violations", organizers said. The founding committee, chaired by lawyer Ayachi Hammami and composed by five members, presented during a press conference the working method of the new body. The members of the committee are journalists Slaheddine Jourchi, Rachid Khechena and Zied El Heni, lawyer Ala Ben Nejma, a former member of the truth and dignity commission, and academic Chaker Houki.

    Tunisia "is sliding towards dictatorship, as shown by the general situation of rights and freedoms and given that president Saied gave himself full powers starting on July 25, 2021", said Hammami. The situation has led leading members of society and human rights activists to create the authority which will vie to monitor, register and report violations of human rights and freedom due to political allegiance or statements, he continued at the presentation of the initiative. The objective, he added, is to support judges and movements promoting the independence of magistrates and to contribute to re-launch the democratic process and the normal functioning of State institutions. The authority will present a dossier in line with the legal procedures and rights of associations, he explained.

    Replying to a question on the level of independence of the authority's members, Hammami said that "work and practice will demonstrate their independence", stressing that none of the members belong to a political party.

    The press conference was attended by several politicians who belong to the "Coordination of democratic parties" and the initiative "Citizens against the coup d'etat", as well as personalities like attorney Iyadh Ben Achour.

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