Tunisian government announces plan to expand legal protection for refugees

Published September 29th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Tunisian parliament. (AFP/File)
Tunisian parliament. (AFP/File)

The government is determined to defend the rights of refugees in compliance with Tunisia's international commitments, affirmed Mehdi Ben Gharbia, Minister of Relations with Constitutional Authorities and the Civil Society and Human Rights.

The government is endeavouring to set up as soon as possible a legal framework for the protection of refugees, he said during a meeting, Wednesday, with Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) President Abdelbasset Ben Hassen and Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tunis Mazen Abu Shanab.

He reviewed on the occasion the various stages that the draft law on the rights of refugees in Tunisia has gone through. It was devised by the Justice Ministry with the assistance of AIHR and UNHCR experts and civil society activists, according to a ministry press release.

An exposé was presented during the meeting on the furtherance state of the campaign conducted by the AIHR in collaboration with the UNHCR to incite Arab governments to promulgate laws on the protection of refugees.

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