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Presentation of Report : “Liberties in the Time of Corona Virus” Learned Lessons from the interdependence and indivisibility of human rights

The constitution guarantees everyone the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself. It puts the responsibility on the State to take all measures to prevent any threat to public health. It also requires that the State provide medical treatment for people who need it while ensuring the rest of rights and freedoms due to their interdependence and its comprehensiveness. However, in times of health crises, governments can limit human rights through measures that are justified by the need to protect public health and national security.


In this framework, the Tunisian State took in the midst of the health crisis related to the Corona virus, many exceptional measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Since March 18, 2020, a series of exceptional measures had been taken in order to prevent the spread the virus, and in the same time some human rights were limited:

- The essence of freedoms such as freedom of movement, the right to health, religious freedom, freedom of peaceful assembly and demonstration, the right to a fair trial, and freedom of the press... were limited and that contradicts the requirements of Chapter 49 of the Constitution.

- Freedoms found themselves, victims of the epidemiological situation, as there were numerous violations that were unjustified which affected, in particular, the most vulnerable social groups, especially at the economic and social level and this indicates the close link between rights and freedoms;

- The Tunisian Association for the defense of Individual liberties (ADLI) noted that women were more vulnerable to violence. Cases of domestic violence had increased significantly during this period. In addition, the epidemiological situation has made the situation more difficult for some groups, such as refugees, women, gay men, lesbians, transients.

- ADLI evaluated this exceptional period, the measures taken during it, and its impact on individual liberties for people. ADLI tried to provide learned lessons from this period in order to establish a system of comprehensive, integrated, interrelated, and indivisible human rights system.

Therefore, the Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Liberties (ADLI) has the honor to invite journalists, media, and civil society components to its press conference during which it presents its report "Liberties in the Time of Corona Virus". The press conference will take place on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 at the headquarters of the Tunisian Journalists Syndicate at 10 o'clock A.m





Soumaya Belhadj


Wednesday, July 22, 2020