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"Tunisia has still some way to go in human rights" (Youssef Chahed)

Published the:  10/12/2018

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(TAP) - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has acknowledged that Tunisia "still has still some way to go in human rights", including in enforcing law and the installation of other constitutional bodies such as the High Authority for Human Rights.

Chahed, who was speaking on Monday evening on the sidelines of a commemorative ceremony of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, held at the City of Culture in Tunis, voiced "pride” at what was accomplished in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution thanks to the Constitution of the Second Republic.

That constitution upheld rights and freedoms, the independence of the judiciary, the freedom of the press, the rights of minorities, as well as a legislative system to fight against violence to women and against racial discrimination, he specified.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to realize the importance of these achievements that have enhanced the image of Tunisia on the international scene, placing emphasis on the protection and consolidation of the human rights system in the country.

In his remarks on the celebration of International Human Rights Day, he reaffirmed the Government's strong commitment to promoting the protection of all human rights and honoring all its commitments in this area in order to realise the legitimate aspirations for the rule of law, institutions and good governance.

"We believe in Tunisia that economic, social and cultural rights are an integral part of the state's vision of the human rights system," he said.

"The government reaffirms that these rights have the same nature of commitment as the political and civil rights," he said.

He also reaffirmed his determination to continue strengthening the system of co-operation with the United Nations system to safeguard human rights in Tunisia and to support the efforts of the international community to serve human rights issues and to spread its principles in the world.

President of the Supreme Judicial Council Youssef Bouzakher said "one of the tasks of the judiciary is, in particular, to eliminate the former grave human rights violations in order to achieve national reconciliation, without resentment or reprisals".

It is important to restore confidence in the justice system as part of an independent authority that protects the rights and freedom.

For his part, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tunisia, Diego Zorrilla, praised Tunisia's "brave" initiatives in the field of human rights, highlighting achievements on the ground, such as the promulgation of the law against racial discrimination and the adoption of a draft law on equal inheritance.

He called for further steps to promote these rights, pledging to help Tunisia and support its efforts to improve the economic and social conditions of its citizens and achieve comprehensive development.

The ceremony, organised in co-operation with the UN Bodies in Tunisia and the Tunisian government, brought together government officials, several ambassadors accredited in Tunis, representatives of national and international organisations and human rights figures