Since the outburst of the revolution, Tunisia has engaged in a transition process to break free from more than five decades of authoritarian rule. The revolution was led by a young generation of Tunisians – in quest for social and economic justice and political freedom – and with the support of trade unionists, lawyers, human rights defenders and representatives of independent political parties.
The process engaged since the departure of Ben Ali was fragile and a successful outcome depended on unfaltering support by human rights defenders and democracy promoters who mobilised to that end.
EuroMed Rights was one of the first international organisations to register an office in Tunisia after the revolution, helping both its members and new civil society organisations in developing their work in the new Tunisia.
EuroMed Rights has progressively become a key place for the capacity building of civil society organisations from all over the country, and a trusted partner of the main agenda setting of civil society organisations, who appreciate the flexibility of EuroMed Rights support activities. EuroMed Rights has also become an interface for dialogue between civil society organisations, the EU and governmental institutions within its areas of expertise.
A main challenge for Tunisia remains the building of democratic state institutions and translating the articles of the Constitution into legislation and practice, guaranteeing human rights. EuroMed Rights has the ambition to assist its Tunisian members and partners along this process. In order to do so, it focuses on the following 6 thematics:
- Women’s rights & gender equality
- Justice reform
- Economic and social rights
- Human Rights education
- Individual and collective liberties
- Rights of migrants and refugees