28 February 2013

Tunisia: 'Government Must Secure Respect of Religious Liberties' - Ben Jaafar

Vienna — "Consecrating the international law in matters of freedom of religion and freedom of thought depends upon the dissemination of the culture of tolerance," said on Wednesday inVienna National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar at the UN Forum for the Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC).

He emphasised the legal provisions taken in Tunisia to secure the protection of religious liberties .

While stressing care to secure the neutrality of worship places, Mr. Ben Jaafar affirmed that "the government must secure respect of religious rituals," stressing the need to clearly list the freedom of conscience and belief in the draft of the new constitution in accordance with international commitments in matters of religious freedom and in line with the spirit of tolerance characterising Tunisia's society and identity.

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