25 February 2013

Tunisia: Ben Jaafar in Geneva - New Constitution to Embody Aspirations of All Tunisians

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The formation of government is debated.

Tunis — Speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar said the future Tunisian constitution will be based on the principle of division of powers, participatory democracy and rule of law, particularly through the creation of a constitutional court.

Speaking Monday at the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mustapha Ben Jaafar said the new constitution is inspired by a deep conviction that achieving the objectives of the revolution, establishing a democratic regime and ending dictatorship hinge on guaranteeing rights and freedoms.

He said the future constitution will be that of all Tunisians and all generations and will reflect the Tunisian society which believes in a moderate Islam open onto universal values and gender equality and that preserves the rights and gains of women by rejecting the radicalism that extremists want to impose on Tunisians.

The NCA Speaker called on the international community to support the Tunisian people to help it recover stolen assets deposited abroad.

He said the NCA will shortly discuss the draft law on transitional justice which provides for accountancy before any reconciliation in order to break definitely with corruption and dictatorship, he said.

Mr. Ben Jaafar also hoped that UN organisations and member countries will support Tunisia's bid for Human Rights Council seat for the 2014-2016 period.

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