International Human Rights Day: Tunisia reaffirms commitment to respect human rights in all its dimensions

Tunisia and other countries around the world are celebrating the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose adoption on this day in 1948 was a milestone in the contemporary history of humanity,

 becoming ever since a reference for all countries in their efforts to protect human dignity, safeguard rights and fight against all forms of human rights violations.

This anniversary is an opportunity "to reaffirm Tunisia's commitment to the shared universal values and international principles underlying this historic document, and its commitment to respect human rights in all its dimensions, and to promote and advance the culture of human rights", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Tuesday.

From this standpoint, "Tunisia continues to work to consolidate the achievements of the democratic transition and to aspire to the broad prospects it has opened up in guaranteeing human rights and respect for fundamental freedoms through the will of its people and the desire for freedom and dignity," the statement added.

The 2014 Constitution enshrined all these principles "in a comprehensive and integrated vision that has contributed to Tunisia's commitment to the international human rights system and to laying the foundations for a modern and democratic society in which rights are preserved and human freedom respected".

The statement emphasised that Tunisia seeks "to achieve full harmonisation between the human rights system in its essence and national legislation, on the one hand, and daily practices, on the other hand, in close partnership with the international organisations concerned by this issue and with stakeholders and for the benefit of civil society".

"Tunisia has adopted in recent years a set of fundamental laws that have been widely accepted internationally, such as the law on the elimination of all forms of violence against women and the law against all forms of racial discrimination, as part of a participatory approach that has included the various components of society, in full harmony with the process of democratic transition", the statement recalled.

Tunisia also continues to work to complete the installation of constitutional bodies responsible for the protection of public and private rights and freedoms and to introduce reforms commensurate with its full involvement in the human rights system and common universal values.

The Ministry added that Tunisia, "out of conviction of the right of peoples to self-determination, takes the opportunity of the celebration of the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to reaffirm its unconditional support for the just Palestinian cause and the legitimate national rights of the brotherly Palestinian people, in particular its right to establish an independent State on its territory with Al-Quds as its capital, as a prerequisite for the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the region".

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