TUNISIA. HANDS OFF CAIN AND THE ARAB INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TOGETHER AGAIN AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
September 15, 2017:
On September 19, 2017, from 9 am at the Golden Tulip ElMechtel Hotel in Tunis, the conference "Containing the death penalty in time of war on terrorism" will be held in the framework of the same project supported by the European Union.
The subject of the death penalty will be discussed under the domestic and international law, under the religious and political framework with a broad participation of civil society.
There will be interventions by representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Tunisian Parliament, the Italian Forensic National Council (Consiglio Nazionale Forense) and the Tunisian Bar Association, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, the Tunisian Coalition against the Death Penalty, together with other associations, magistrates and academics.
Tunisia has observed a moratorium on carrying out executions since 1991 and voted in favor of the Resolution on the Universal Moratorium on Capital Executions at the United Nations General Assembly. Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in terrorist attacks and a new anti-terrorism law has extended the use of the death penalty against the treshold limits imposed by international law.
Believing that any state of emergency must be an extension of the Rule of Law and not an abrogation of it, the conference intends to strengthen the ongoing process in Tunisia of transposing international standards as foreseen by the 2014 Constitution.