The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed on Monday, September 12, 2022, concerns about the development of the human rights situation in Tunisia, as the country has just adopted a new constitution by referendum on July 25.
Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al-Nashif, returned to the topic at the opening of the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council. She suggested that concern was growing in light of what is happening in Tunisia, particularly the interference of the executive in the judiciary, the dismissal of judges through emergency measures, civilians – among others. journalists – show up for the military justice and abusive travel bans imposed especially on political opponents.
” Given that Tunisia has adopted a new constitution, we call on the country to organize credible and comprehensive parliamentary elections with the participation of civil society and the press. “, she said, assuring that HCDC is ready to support Tunisia.
In response to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Permanent Representative of the Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the UN Office and Specialized Agencies in Geneva, Sabri Bachtobji, suggested that the current human rights situation, the man in Tunisia had nothing to worry about ” contrary to what was mentioned in the report from OHCHR.
” I would like to emphasize Tunisia’s strong commitment to protecting and consolidating human rights. Incidentally, this is what is guaranteed by the new constitution adopted on August 17 following a referendum that took place in a climate of transparency and integrity according to the testimony of all observers, including the OHCHR office in Tunisia (…) is no fear or concern because the rectification process launched on July 25, 2021 aims to establish a true democratic regime based on equality among citizens. This cannot be achieved without an effective legal system and this is what the OHCHR recommended (…) and emphasized the need for reforms (…) All the announced measures have been taken in accordance with the law (…) “, he advanced in a monotone tone.
Continuing his tirade, which he read on paper, Sabri Bachtobji added that justice was independent in Tunisia, referring to the judgments handed down in favor of the judges who were recalled by the administrative court. The latter, it should be remembered, suspended the dismissal decision in favor of 49 judges out of the 57 dismissed by the President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed, in June.
He further assured that military justice was the guarantor of the basis of a fair trial, noting that the judges sitting in the military courts were judges of the judiciary who do not belong to the military establishment.
Mr. Bachtobji denied “any kind of pressure” on political opponents of the ruling power, noting that freedom of expression, demonstration and movement are guaranteed in Tunisia.
“ Next December 17 will be an appointment to consolidate the reform process through the election of a parliament and a territorial council that promotes citizen participation in decision-making. “, he concluded.
Legislative elections were actually supposed to be held in December according to the calendar announced by the head of state in December 2021 as part of his July business. According to the statement of the Tunisian ambassador, it could be concluded that the vote concerning the two chambers will take place on the same day. It should be noted here that the biggest mystery surrounds the voting method that will be adopted in the election of the members of the regional and district council. The new electoral law, which will govern the parliamentary elections, has still not seen the light of day. It should be released by September 16 at the latest, so that the announced deadlines can be met.