Saturday, March 2, 2013

Human Rights in Tunisia: A Conference

English: Orthographic projection of Tunisia.
English: Orthographic projection of Tunisia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations,
The Maghreb Center,
The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies,
and The International Council for Middle East Studies

invite you to attend: 

Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Tunisia:
The Islamist-Led Democratic Transition Post-Arab Spring 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Kenney Auditorium - The Nitze Building

1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Tunisia is where the "Arab Spring" began. In its immediate aftermath it was the first country to elect an Islamist-majority transitional parliament. The parliament, in turn, appointed an interim Islamist-dominated government. Since then, Tunisia has faced a bumpy road on the transition to democracy. Highlights of the ensuing developments have been a heightening of political tensions amid exacerbated economic problems and unemployment. Recently, the situation culminated in the murder of a popular secular opposition leader, Chokri Belaid -- the first political assassination since the country's independence in 1956 -- and the resignation of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. The conference brings together leading American and Tunisian specialists, activists, and scholars to debate the main features, trends, and indications in Tunisia's Islamist-led transition. Key topics will include the dynamics underway in drafting a new constitution, addressing the course of human rights, assessing the likely near-term outcome of demands for changes in women's rights, the status of media freedoms, and the prospects for meeting specific economic demands. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

Please R.S.V.P. (Acceptances Only) via email to

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