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13 March 2014

Tunisia's New Constitution

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document.

Here's just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:

  • Guaranteed equality between men and women

  • A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so

  • A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen

  • A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion

  • An established right to due process and protection from torture

In one stroke, Tunisia has become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.

This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights, and the more we recognise that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!

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