Tunis, Tunisia - Four organizations have called for better human rights guarantees in the new Tunisian constitution which the constituent assembly began debating last Friday.
According to Human Rights Watch, Cater Centre, Amnesty International and Bawsala 'the new Tunisian constitution must essentially be in accordance with international norms on human rights and the country's obligations with regard to international law'.
Among the most important changes proposed by these organiszations is a clear affirmation that human rights conventions ratified by Tunisia are compulsory and dominate national laws.
They suggest the constituent assembly should abolish the death sentence 'which constitutes a violation of right to life' and guarantee civil liberties and rights that respect freedom of expression, conscience and association while forbidding discrimination on the basis of ethnic group, colour, sex, language, religion and opinion.
The groups are also asking the Tunisian lawmakers to insert articles that forbid torture and slavery.