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Ben Jaafar: "Rights and liberties should not be undermined and going backward is not tolerated".

BARDO (TAP) - National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar received on Saturday, a delegation of the Arab Human Rights Institute (AHRI) who presented him with the "Tunis Pact for Rights and Liberties" document.

The latter is the fruit of work achieved by civil society components; it sums up the universal legal heritage in matters of Human rights and its rooting in the Tunisian culture.

The Pact is the key for a more fruitful debate with NCA on the constitutionalisation of rights and liberties, in a way that mirrors aspirations for the democratic transition achievement and obstruct the way for going backward in terms of the society's achievements.

According to a NCA's communique, Mr. Ben Jaafar asserted support to the civil society components and their action aimed to actively contribute to the intellectual effervescence in the country, hailing the role they had played in drafting "The Tunis Pact for Rights and Liberties."

"The issue of rights and liberties is one of the priorities that need to have a consensus on. These rights could not be undermined and going backward is not tolerated," Mr. Ben Jaafar warned.

NCA Speaker called for vigilance so that the Constitution will be a reference text for all Tunisian men and women and reflects the Tunisian society's constants and Arab-Moslem identity.

The Constitution, he affirmed, should consolidate the achievements that are the fruit of Tunisia's reforming movement, including the Code of Personal Status, and draw on the universal principles of liberties, democracy and equality between men and women.

The meeting was attended by the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) and representatives of the Tunisian Association of Democrat Women (ATFD) and the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT).

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Date:Aug 11, 2012
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