Human Rights in Tunisia

15 March 2017. From 18:30 | Workshop | French | IEMed, Barcelona
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Human rights violations can be a “detonator” of revolutions. The Tunisian people, with all its civil and political components, put an end, on January 14, 2011, to a despotic regime which has robbed, for more than five decades, the citizens of their civil and political rights (right of association, demonstration, movement, detention, torture, harassment of activists…) as well as social and economic (corruption, right to work, unequal development, living conditions, impoverishment,…).

During the so-called Revolution of Freedom and Dignity, civil society was the main actor. Since then, the people have recovered the rights which had been refused to them by the old dictatorial regimes. Thus, it is quite legitimate to say that human rights are also at the center of the democratic transition. There have been many successes, but so have the challenges. Of course, it is thanks to a dynamic civil society rooted in the country’s history that Tunisia has avoided more catastrophic scenarios, a performance which earned it the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. Ahmed Galai explains the tough reality behind the scenes that led Tunisia to win the prize.



David Bondia

Professor Universitat de Barcelona

Ahmed Galai

Vice-president LTDH



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