Tunisia’s proposed ID law threatens hard-won privacy rights

Published: 7/Dec/2016
Source: The New Arab

By Wafa Ben Hassine

For all of its successes – initiating a peaceful democratic transition, engaging in its collective past to create roadmaps for the future, and hosting the most active and dynamic civil society in the Arab world – Tunisia is introducing a law that can set back one very important right: the right to privacy and dignified livelihood.

Tunisian parliamentarians are set to debate a law to create a new national identity card that threatens to violate citizens’ fundamental rights.

The card seeks to completely replace the old ID card, and along with it, introduces a whole host of issues that could deeply undermine the hard-won privacy and free expression rights of Tunisian citizens.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Tunisia
Year: 2016