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September 07, 2018
In February 2016, Tunisia adopted a new Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). Under the new CPC, the law formally grants citizens protection against torture, the right to legal counsel from the onset of detention, reduces the maximum pre-trial detention time to 48 hours, requires the police to allow the... Read More
May 10, 2018
Following several postponements, Tunisians finally went to the polls last Sunday in the country’s first democratic local elections since the 2011 revolution. The message Tunisian voters sent? Indifference. As expected, voter turnout was disappointingly... Read More
May 01, 2018
On May 6, Tunisians will cast their votes in the country’s first-ever democratic local elections. Across the country, 53,668 candidates will compete for 7,212 municipal council seats in Tunisia’s 350 municipalities. Repeatedly postponed, Sunday’s elections are an essential step in the democratic... Read More
April 30, 2018
After repeated delays, Tunisia will hold the first democratic local elections in the country’s history on May 6. This represents a major milestone in Tunisia’s democratic transition; for the first time, Tunisians will be able to vote for public officials who will serve in their own communities and... Read More
April 10, 2018
As a key bridge between citizens and decision-makers, strengthening civil society supports a citizen-oriented and citizen-driven approach to promoting democracy. To this end, IRI’s Civil Society Community of Practice is conducting a series of interviews with current and former civil society... Read More
February 15, 2018
Seven years after ousting former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is once again at a critical juncture. The government has made progress stabilizing the economy and addressing corruption but have fallen short on their outcomes. Tunisia has been successful in making a meaningful... Read More
February 06, 2018
It’s been a little over seven years since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of the regional capital building in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Like Mohamed Bouazizi, most of the inhabitants of Sidi Bouzid lost hope for a better future long ago. Systematic marginalization... Read More
January 24, 2018
The remote interior regions of Tunisia lack infrastructure. Villages can be far apart, and roads dangerous. Therefore, when thinking of a way to contact voters about upcoming local elections, one must be innovative. Tunisia is transitioning to democratic government following the toppling of its... Read More
November 16, 2017
It’s difficult to illustrate voter and civic education in words. The idea of explaining how the electoral process works and why it is critical likely evokes images of a sixth-grade civics lesson, not a participatory, community-based campaign to engage citizens in the decision-making process. In... Read More
September 21, 2017
Security forces and government leaders in Tunisia are eager to collaborate on peaceful solutions to the drivers that are leading Tunisians to join extremist groups. Approximately 6,000 people have fled Tunisia to fight in Syria and Iraq.... Read More

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