List News    News

Caretaker Prime Minister receives FIDH Chairwoman 

Published the:  12/03/2011

| Share

March 12, 2011 - TAP  - Caretaker Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi received, on Saturday in Tunis, Mrs. Souhayr Belhassan, Chairwoman of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
After the meeting, Mrs. Belhassen said she had invited the Prime Minister to the seminar on democratic transition to be held by FIDH from March 17 to 19 in Tunis.
Alongside the Tunisian authorities, the seminar will be attended by all components of the national civil society and representatives of foreign civil society, who will discuss experiences of successful democratic transitions and also others that failed (Belarus, Czech Republic and Peru).
“It is important for the authorities, at the highest level, to attend this debate and draw the useful conclusions and teachings for the future,” she said.
Mrs. Belhassen underlined that FIDH is still concerned about the situation of justice and police in Tunisia. “We welcome the arrest of people allegedly responsible for power abuses against Tunisians and the dissolution of the political police,” she said, stressing the importance of ensuring independence of the judicial branch and of the higher judiciary council.
“Cleansing of police services and independence of the judiciary are necessary to ensure durability of the Tunisian Revolution”, she said.
She noted with satisfaction that the Committee on Political and Institutional Reforms, which is to convene next March 17, will involve civil society and the opposition to take part in the election of a constituent assembly based on serious reforms approved of by all.