Tunisian and international organizations condemned, on Saturday, what they considered “the decisions taken unilaterally by Tunisian President Kais Saied and his seizure of power in the absence of any form of guarantees.”
This came in a joint statement signed by 18 local and international organizations, which Anatolia reviewed.
Among the organizations that signed the statement are the Tunisian Organization Against Torture, the Tunisian League for Citizenship, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International in Tunisia, the International Federation for Human Rights, the World Organization Against Torture, Lawyers Without Borders, and the Tunisian Network for Transitional Justice, all of which are independent.
In their statement, the organizations affirmed their “steadfast adherence to democratic principles.”
And she considered that “the issuance of the last presidential order by Saeed to abolish the constitutional system, and it is the first step towards tyranny,” expressing “their fear of harming human rights as a result of the unlimited seizure of powers.”
Since July 25, President Saeed has imposed “exceptional measures”, which included the dismissal of Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi, the freezing of Parliament’s powers, the lifting of immunity from deputies, as well as arrests and exemptions for a number of officials.
On Wednesday, Saeed decided to abolish the constitutionality of laws monitoring body, issue legislation by presidential decrees, and assume the executive authority with the help of a government, which observers and political parties considered a “coup against the constitution.”
The organizations said that “international human rights law allows, under strict conditions, the adoption of exceptional powers, but these exceptions remain temporary and strictly subject to the principles of legality, necessity and proportionality, and requires strict judicial oversight.”
She added that “international law stipulates the obligation to deal with emergency situations within the framework of the rule of law, and therefore any change must be made in the political and constitutional systems within the framework stipulated in the constitution, which provides the conditions for its amendment, while complying with the requirements of the democratic path.”
Saeed had, on several occasions, given “assurances at home and abroad in which he affirmed that he does not intend to establish a dictatorial regime in Tunisia or harm rights and freedoms, but aims to reform the situation after he confirmed the existence of an imminent danger threatening the Tunisian state.”