Recommendations of COLIBE report will strengthen human rights in Tunisia (LTDH)
The Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) believes that the recommendations of the report of the Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality (French: COLIBE) will consolidate the principles of human rights in Tunisia.
"The COLIBE report will be an important turning point in Tunisia’s history and the approval of its recommendations will help to implement the principles of human rights as mentioned in the Tunisian post-revolutionary Constitution of 2014," said a statement released by the LTDH.
The organisation commended the proposal to abolish the death penalty and the effective and total equality in inheritance, calling for further reflection on the report's recommendations and opening a national dialogue on equality and the protection of individual and public freedoms to strengthen the culture of human rights.
The LTDH underlined its support for the COLIBE which is, according to the statement, facing attempts to muzzle and restrict the freedom of expression.
The same source denounced the violent reactions against the contents of the report and the President of COLIBE, Bochra Belhaj Hamida.
The report of the COLIBE presented on June 12th included several recommendations aimed at strengthening individual freedoms and equality such as the abolition of the death penalty, the cancellation of the criminalisation of homosexuality, three months' imprisonment of any aggressor of privacy, the cancellation of the dowry and the deadlines of emptiness besides the total equality in the inheritance.
These recommendations sparked a great deal of controversy. Some parties denounced the content of the report as opposing the values and principles of Islam such as the University of Zituna while 34 civil society organisations and associations belonging to the civil coalition for individual freedoms considered that this report is in conformity with the international standards of human rights and the modernist orientations of the Tunisian State.
For her part, Neziha Laabidi, Minister of Women, Family, Children and the Elderly stressed that the government has not yet expressed its position towards the report praising the opening of a societal dialogue on the subject of individual freedoms and equality.