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!