On the 21st of February, NOVACT, the Maghreb Coalition of Human Rights Associations (CMODH) and the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH) presented, in Tunisia, the parallel report from the Tunisian civil society on the state of implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The event was attended by all the signatory NGOs of the report, as well as by Mr. Wim Kok, former President of the Netherlands and former President of the Club of Madrid.
Tunisia has not been subject to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Civil and Political Rights since 2008. Therefore, the main Tunisian civil society organizations (LTDH, ATFD, AFTURD, OCTT, Free Sight Association, UDC , CTCPM, SNJT) made this report to encourage their government to have the country assessed to measure the progress made over the past nine years and identify the gaps concerning human rights protection. Although the situation in the country has improved considerably in terms of security and democratic rights after the 2011 revolution, there still persists a bad practice heir to the Ben Ali era, especially in cases of police brutality. The Penal Code did not adapt itself to the principles contained in the new Constitution, in particular in terms of individual rights. In addition, after the terrorist attacks of 2015, freedom of expression was limited to a reinterpretation of the law in security terms.
This activity is part of the Khotwa project, supported by the European Union, where more than 40 Maghreb civil society members have been trained in monitoring human rights violations. In this regard, and in the case of Morocco, the main Moroccan human rights NGOs (with the support of the CMODH and NOVACT) presented a parallel report for the sixth revision of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that took place from the 17th of October to the 4th of November 2016. At present, the respective reports of Mauritania and Algeria are being prepared.