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Thursday, May 17 • 17:15 - 18:15
Transparency and accountability in a democratic transition for better access to fundamental rights: the Tunisian case

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In 2011, Tunisia shifted to a democratic era after over 50 years of authoritarian rule. It goes without saying that this transition is still in progress and is facing some resistance, making it very challenging-especially to a motivated but nascent civil society.

But this civil society is also pushing for more openness by taking advantage of a new constitution that protects fundamental rights and the creation of independent institutions that safeguard those rights, such as the oversight instance for the right to information (RTI).

The panel will include five speakers (brief 7-minute presentations) representing Tunisian associations and policymakers who will talk about their respective experiences in enhancing transparency and accountability. Speakers will also offer different perspectives and experiences with transparency and accountability conducted through their projects:

- Role of the oversight instance in protecting the RTI and enhancing it
- Involvement of rural women through the RTI to health services
- Monitoring of infrastructure projects and enhancing citizen participation using web platforms
- Strengthening the capacity of journalists in investigative press using the RTI to enhance transparency of public powers

Interaction will be promoted by the questions asked by the participants and the solutions and ideas of the main speakers in effectuating the right to information. The moderator will also intervene to orient questions, having more detail about the speakers' experiences.

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Wafa Ben-Hassine

Policy Counsel, MENA, Access Now
Wafa Ben-Hassine is Access Now's MENA Policy Counsel. Access Now is a global organization that works to defend and extend the digital rights of users at rights.

Thursday May 17, 2018 17:15 - 18:15

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