Gender discrimination banned in new Tunisia constitution

During Tuesday’s morning session, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted five more articles in the Rights and Liberties Chapter of the draft constitution.

Articles 37, 38, 39, 40, and 41 respectively enshrine the rights to health, free and public education, work, intellectual property, and freedom of creation.

The assembly is voting on each article individually.

On Monday, NCA members voted on seventeen articles banning gender discrimination “before the law” (Article 20) and enshrining the rights to free expression (Article 30), access to information (Article 31), peaceful protest and assembly (Article 36) and the freedom to create parties, unions, and associations (Article 34).

Article 30 on free speech also bans prior censorship on freedoms of thought, media, and publication.

The NCA has scheduled the adoption of the entire 146-article document by the third anniversary of the revolution on January 14, but experts are skeptical about whether this can be achieved.

“I think this would not possible,” constitutional law scholar Iyadh Ben Achour told private station Mosaique FM. “However, this is not a serious problem,” he added.

“There is nothing wrong if few more days are required to adopt a good constitution.”