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Prime Minister receives FIDH Delegation

Published the:  07/02/2011

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February 7, 2011 - TAP - Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi received, on Monday in Tunis, a Delegation from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), on a visit in Tunisia.
The delegation includes in particularly Messrs. Patrick Baudouin and Sidiki Kaba, the Federation's honorary chairmen, and executive chairwoman Souhayr Belhassen.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Baudouin told Tunis-Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency that it had provided the opportunity to look at the situation prevailing in Tunisia and "to discuss some concerns, particularly at the security level".
In another connection, Mr. Baudouin said he had discussed with the PM the controversy resulting from the appointment of some governors "close to the former regime", hailing the government's readiness to "re-examine these delicate positions".
"We also expressed to him our concerns about justice and human rights", he added.
Mr. Baudouin also said FIDH expressed its solidarity with all those who had led the freedom fight in Tunisia.
"We hope that Tunisian Revolution succeeds, already satisfied as we are at such gains like the ratification of the CPI statute or conventions on forced disappearances," he added.
He pointed out that FIDH wishes to see other progresses, like ratification of texts related to death penalty or at the level of the Personal Status Code, "an extremely important achievement in favor of Tunisian women", calling, in the context, for lifting Tunisia's reservations about the inheritance issue.
Mr. Kaba, for his part, said that the meeting with the PM had been "frank and useful", and allowed to look at the issues of transition and formation of the three commissions, as well as the way the latter are to fulfill their missions.
Regarding justice, which he described as "the backbone of the state of law," Mr. Kaba said he had discussed with the PM concerns of the Tunisian Magistracy Association". 
We have also raised the question of Human Rights, power abuse and other forms of violations denounced by the Organization under the old regime," he also said". 
We hope that Tunisia, which is now at the crossroads, will establish a revolution that will not slip into terror or excess, as was the case with other revolutions.
We are confident that the interim Government and the Tunisian people will find the means to forge ahead so that the Tunisian model be a source of inspiration for other countries", he affirmed, believing that "Tunisia is conveying today, across the world, a universal message showing that Freedom is a common property of humanity".