Amnesty concerned over Tunisia draft charter

January 13, 2013 - 3:28:13 am

TUNIS: Amnesty International expressed concern yesterday over Tunisia’s draft constitution, saying the text contains ambiguous provisions that fail to uphold international human rights standards.

The rights watchdog made the comments on the eve of a meeting of the National Constituent Assembly and ahead of the second anniversary tomorrow of the overthrow of Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Amnesty said it called on the NCA to “ensure that the new constitution fully safeguards human rights and conforms to Tunisia’s obligations under international human rights law.” Noting that the the NCA was due to discuss a second draft of the charter today, it urged the body to “seize the opportunity.” AFP