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


After ousting a longtime autocrat from power in 2011, Tunisia began a democratic transition, and citizens now enjoy unprecedented political rights and civil liberties. However, the influence of endemic corruption, economic challenges, security threats, and continued unresolved issues related to gender equality and transitional justice remain obstacles to full democratic consolidation.

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Freedom in the World — Tunisia Country Report

Tunisia is rated Free in Freedom in the World, 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.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

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.