Tunisia: From Revolution to Democracy | Freedom House

Tunisia: From Revolution to Democracy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Freedom House
1301 Connecticut Ave, NW, 4th floor

Tunisia: From Revolution to Democracy
The Next Generation of Democracy Builders
Sofiene Chourabi, Tunisian journalist and blogger
Member of the Council for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Transition to Democracy
Tunisia has come a long way toward building a new democratic government since the ouster of President Ben Ali three months ago. Shortly after the revolution, three commissions were established to deal with the issues of political reform, corruption, and abuses committed during the unrest. The announcement that elections will be held for a Constituent Assembly on July 24 and the promulgation of a new electoral law by the interim government – in partnership with activists and civil society stakeholders – were important steps in the transition. Questions still remain, however, on how to effect a break with the past and create a free and democratic Tunisia.
Sofiene Chourabi will discuss these developments as well as the challenges facing Tunisians with regard to the upcoming election and the role of youth – who were crucial in the protest movement that brought down Ben Ali and the call to disband the former ruling party – in shaping and driving forward the transition.
This event is free and open to the public
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Sofiene Chourabi is a journalist, prominent blogger and free-speech activist in Tunisia. During the revolution he was one of the first and most active journalists to cover the unrest that began in Sidi Bouzid, spreading information, photos and videos despite the regime’s attempts at censorship. He studied at the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences in Tunis and was an active member in the General Union of Tunisian Students. He is also a member of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists and the Tunisian branch of Amnesty International. Currently Mr. Chourabi heads Conscience Politique, an NGO aimed at raising political awareness in Tunisia’s post-revolution environment.

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