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Because we believe in a Tunisia that brings us all together regardless of our differences, colors, various life styles and diverse beliefs; because we support this freedom that we have so partially reached; because all of us, individuals and society, must…
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Item 6 UPR adoption

Tunisians now enjoy their human rights to a greater extent than they did under President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, whom they ousted in 2011. Since 2011, they have adopted a new constitution, held free and fair legislative and presidential elections, and…
A general view of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People in Tunis, Tunisia, May 2016.
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

We welcome the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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This report analyzes Tunisia’s draft counterterrorism law and assesses to what extent the proposed law conforms to international human rights standards. An initial version of the draft law was submitted to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), Tunisia’…
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Introduction Tunisia’s legislative elections, scheduled for October 26, 2014, are a significant step in the country’s transition to democracy. Three years after its first free elections, to select a National Constituent Assembly in charge of drafting a…
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Summary Background Recommendations Areas of Concern Overly Broad Definition of Terrorism and Terrorists Overly Broad Definition of “Praising” Terrorism. Fair Trial Guarantees and Due Process Special Protective Measures Closed Hearing Anonymous Witnesses…
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Oral Statement Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Universal Periodic Review report on Tunisia, which includes recommendations to improve the situation of human rights in a context of democratic transition. Although Tunisia’s government accepted many of these…
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Oral Statement at the 16th Session of the Human Rights Council - February 2nd, 2011

The High Commissioner has stressed that producing concrete results that matter in the lives of people is her office's paramount goal.  Her report illustrates the valuable contribution that OHCHR makes in many different areas of work. The High…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

The government uses the threat of terrorism and religious extremism as a pretext to crack down on peaceful dissent. There are continuous and credible reports of torture and ill-treatment being used to obtain statements from suspects in custody. Sentenced…
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Item 14 – 60th Session, U.N. Commission on Human Rights

Sierra Leonean activist FannyAnn Eddy speaks to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights about LGBT rights in Sierra Leone and Africa. Distinguished members of the Commission, My name is FannyAnn Eddy and I am representing MADRE. I am also a member of the…
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Testimony of Corinne Dufka before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, Africa Subcommittee

I want to thank Chairman Royce and ranking member Payne for inviting my organization, Human Rights Watch, to address the Africa Subcommittee about the important topic we are addressing here today: Combating War Crimes in Africa. My name is Corinne Dufka.…
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Testimony of Researcher Lisa Misol before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus

For over a decade, Human Rights Watch has monitored crisis and conflict in West Africa, documented human rights abuses, and pressed for action to stop the abuses. The conflict-ridden West African subregion is a sad showcase of the human rights and…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…