In this brief, ARTICLE 19 offers comments and recommendations on the Third Draft Constitution of the Tunisian Republic (Draft Constitution), inasmuch as it affects the protection of the right to freedom of expression and information.
ARTICLE 19 welcomes the changes that have been brought to this draft Constitution as compared to previous ones to ensure stronger compliance with international human rights law. On the other hand, there remain a number of articles and provisions that fall short of international human rights standards consented to by Tunisia. We urge the Constituent Assembly to improve this protection, in particularly for the protection of the right of freedom of expression and information.
The analysis builds on our comments to the previous two constitutional drafts (in September 2012 and in January 2013). It intends to inform the preparation of the final draft of the new Tunisian Constitution which would be in accordance with international human rights standards and comparative best practices.