Tunisia - A Model of Middle East Stability or an Incubator of Extremism?
Tuesday, 11/13/2007 9:30 AM (EST)
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9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Panel I (part 1 of 2)
"Stifling One of the Most Open Civil Societies in the Middle East and North Africa"
Chair: Neil Hicks, Director, Human Rights Defender Program, Human Rights First
Clement Henry, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin, "An Overview of Tunisia under Presidents Habib Bourguiba (1956-1987) and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali (1987-?): Did the 'Architect of Change' Learn from the Mistakes of the 'Supreme Combatant'?"
former President, Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH), and former
Spokesperson, National Council for Liberties in Tunisia (CNLT):
"Tunisian Civil Society’s Achievements and Disappointments"
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel I (part 2 of 2)
Khadija Cherif, President, Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD): "Threats and Challenges to Women in a Country that Claims Gender Equality"
Mokhtar Trifi, President, Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH): "What Future Role for the Crippled and Oldest Human Rights Group in the Arab World?"
Representative of the Tunisia Government (TBD)
1:30 – 3:45 p.m.
"A War on 'Islamist Extremism' or on Freedom of Association and Expression?"
Chair: Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University
Naziha Rjiba, Deputy President, Observatory for the Freedom of the Press, Publishing and Creation (OLPEC), and Editor, Kalima Magazine: "Coping with the Intensifying Siege of Freedom of Expression and Association"
Ahmed Rahmouni, President, Association of Tunisian Magistrates (AMT), and Mohamed Abbou, Member, International Association for the Support of Political Prisoners (AISPP) and the National Council for Liberties in Tunisia (CNLT): "The Need to Reform the Judiciary and to Protect Its Independence"
Omar Mestiri, Member, National Council for Liberties in Tunisia (CNLT), and Managing Editor, Kalima Magazine: "Presentation of a CNLT Documentary on Torture in Tunisian Jails"
President, Association Against Torture in Tunisia (ALTT): "The
Intensification of the Use of Torture Since the Adoption in 1988 of CAT
and Its Consequences"
3:45 – 5:30 p.m.
"What Can the International Community Do to Help Protect Basic Rights in Tunisia?"
Chair: Sarah Leah Winston, Director, Middle East and North Africa Program, Human Rights Watch
Joel Campagna, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Claire Tixeire, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Representatives of Tunisian Human Rights Groups (TBD)
Representative of Amnesty International (TBD)
Representative of International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Tunisia Monitoring Group (TBD)
5:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks (with panel III)
Clement Henry, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin