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The defense of economic and social rights of vulnerable groups in the Monastir and Minier bassin regions

IATI Identifier: BE-BCE_KBO-0447404580-TUNUEDES131801IN

Published on IATI
  • date_range Jan 01, 2013 - Jun 30, 2014
  • autorenew Finalisation (Status)

The Tunisian revolution was prompted by the marginalised social class mobilising to claim their rights to a dignified life and the right to work. This revolution enabled Tunisia to transition toward a democracy devoted to the principles of participation in politics and freedom of expression. However, after more than a year after the revolution, Tunisia still faces the economic and social problems that were the main reason for the protests in December 2010, and people continue to feel excluded and frustrated. If nothing is to be done to enable Tunisians to freely express themselves and to translate their frustrations and legitimate demands, the peaceful transition toward a democratic state based on the rule of law will be threatened. 1. The people in Tunisia in vulnerable situations face structural unemployment, lack of transparency in the recruitment processes for the civil service and the public sector companies, poor working conditions, environmental pollution, poorly equipped regional hospitals, and other problems that deprive them from the acceptable living conditions necessary for full human rights realisation. Many of these problems are structural, giving the impression that large financial investments are needed to resolve them. This idea is nevertheless mistaken, and the human rights claims being discussed can be resolved if there is political will to effectively manage limited resources so that the whole society can benefit, rather than only the powerful few. Civil society facing this difficult political economic reality can empower themselves through a human rights-based approach, demonstrating that injustice is not inevitable, and to focus on who is responsible for solving the problems that hinder people from realising their human rights. 2. In Tunisia, the organisations and associations that exist respond to these problems through the advocacy and community organising skills that helped bring about the revolution. Post-revolution, a new approach is needed; an approach that takes uses the international human rights framework, to support their claims, and the legal system to claim them. ASF is working with the different sections of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social rights to strengthen their capacity to take on more cases, combining ASF’s expertise in human rights-based approach and the Forum’s experience in advocacy. This project is focused on defending human rights by ensuring that the legal structure is capable of protecting these rights. Activities of the project: - Training on the human rights-based approach; - Negotiations with those responsible on specific human rights issues; - Educate and train Forum personnel and members on methods used for collective defence of those people in vulnerable situations; - Forum takes on the cases of these vulnerable individuals; - Training of lawyers on economic and social rights; - Legal representation of certain cases by compensated lawyers.;

  • Legal and judicial development

Participating Organisations

Avocats Sans Frontières National NGO Accountable
Avocats Sans Frontières National NGO Implementing
Forum tunisien des droits économiques et sociaux (FTDES) National NGO Implementing
European Union Multilateral Funding


Transaction Value Provider
Type Date


375,095 USD
  • 284,004 EUR (Valued at Jan 01, 2013)
    date_range Jan 01, 2013 - Jun 30, 2014
access_time Updated on Dec 18, 2018 11:31:39
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