Is Tunisia’s civil society under threat?


Tunisian civil society activists worry that proposed legislation will roll back associational freedoms and will be used as a pretext for curbing hard-won rights, says the Project on Middle East Democracy.

POMED’s newest fact sheet (below), “Is Civil Society in Tunisia Under Threat? Fact-Checking the Arguments for a New NGO Law,” examines various arguments the Tunisian government has presented for why it must issue a new NGO law. POMED’s analysis concludes that several of the Tunisian government’s claims are questionable, while others represent legitimate concerns that can be best addressed through measures outside of amending Decree 88.

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