29 November 2012

Tunisia: Freedom House Readiness to Back Up Civil Society to Establish Participatory Dialogue

Bardo — National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar conferred, on Thursday in Bardo, with Freedom House Executive Director David Kramer.

The talk turned on the co-operation ties between Tunisia and Freedom House and means to further develop them, a NCA communiqué reads.

Mr. Kramer voiced consideration for the democratic transition in Tunisia, asserting readiness of his organisation to support the process and back up civil society to establish a constructive and participatory dialogue that involves all social players.

During a meeting with the press held on Thursday afternoon in Tunis, Mr. Kramer spoke of three support programmes: "New Freedom for Justice," "Anti-Torture Fight" and "Inciting Citizens to Vote," as well as funding some NGOs and associations' action in the field of Human rights defence.

Founded in 1941, Freedom House is an independent non-governmental organisation which militates in favour of the advancement of freedom in the world. Based in Washington, this organisation has offices in some twelve countries, including Tunisia.

It is largely funded by the U.S. federal government, but it also receives donations from charity organisations and the European Union.

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