Amnesty International to deliver petition against sexual violence to Tunisian authorities

Amnesty International will deliver a petition signed by 198,128 members and activists to Tunisian authorities on 18 November, demanding the protection of women and girl survivors of sexual violence. 

The signatures will be handed over to the Secretary of Women and Family Affairs and senior officials from the Ministry of Justice and other representatives, during the morning session of a day-long conference on combatting sexual and gender-based violence. The conference, hosted by Amnesty International, will address international standards and national laws on sexual violence and the remedies available to survivors of sexual violence.

This event takes place at a crucial time in Tunisia, as a comprehensive law on violence against women is being drafted and is expected to be presented to the authorities and members of civil society in the coming weeks. Tunisian women’s rights organizations who have been at the forefront of the fight for justice for gender equality will be present at the event. 

“This petition sends a strong signal to the Tunisian authorities that they must start with abolishing discriminatory and harmful laws against women and girls once and for all,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.

“Morocco no longer allows men accused of rape or kidnapping to escape prosecution by marrying their underage victims and the Tunisian authorities must urgently follow suit. However, abolishing such harmful provisions, while symbolic, would a drop in the ocean if not matched by a comprehensive law on combatting violence against women with the rights of survivors at its centre.”   

Where: Carthage Thalasso Resort, Tunis

When:  9 am

To arrange an interview contact:  Lotfi Azzouz, Director of Amnesty International Tunisia (English, French, Arabic): +216-71-353-417; or [email protected] 

This event is part of Amnesty International’s My Body My Rights campaign – Women and girls have the right to live free from sexual violence and have the right to bodily integrity. For further information: https://campaigns.amnesty.org/campaigns/my-body-my-rights