People in Tunis, Tunisia. Editorial credit: pim van de pol /


After the ouster of a longtime autocrat in 2011, Tunisia began a democratic transition, and citizens now enjoy considerable political rights and civil liberties. However, endemic corruption, economic challenges, security threats, and unresolved problems related to gender equality and transitional justice remain obstacles to full democratic consolidation. Recent emergency measures imposed by President Kaïs Saïed, including a suspension of the elected parliament, have created deep uncertainty about the future of Tunisian democracy.

People gather in Myanmar to protest the February 1, 2021 military coup. (Image credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Freedom in the World — Tunisia Country Report

Tunisia is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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Countries in the Spotlight

Freedom in the World's Countries in the Spotlight features countries that experienced important developments in 2019 that affected their democratic trajectory, and deserve special scrutiny in 2020. In Tunisia, competitive presidential and parliamentary elections reinforced the country’s democratic institutions, though a state of emergency remained in place due to the ongoing threat of terrorism. View the full report to see the other Countries in the Spotlight.


Freedom on the Net— Tunisia Country Report

Tunisia is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.