Tunisia: Strengthen Constitutional Protections before Regulating NGOs
In response to civil society organizations’ strong opposition to a government proposal to draft legislation that would regulate their work – potentially imposing new registration requirements and extensive financial reporting – Freedom House issued the following statement:
"The Government of Tunisia should listen to the chorus of opposition to changing the legal framework regulating freedom of association,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs. "Civil society has spoken clearly against efforts to draft new legislation that would regulate the work of NGOs before the establishment of a Constitutional Court. Given Parliament’s passage of other, clearly unconstitutional measures, and the importance of protecting fundamental freedoms, including the right to criticize the government, as well as the military and police, the government should without delay establish the Constitutional Court to ensure all new legislation conforms to international human rights standards.”
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