“Tunisian authorities show no respect for democracy,” say MEPs
MEPs have “condemned” Tunisian authorities’ decision to deny entry to the official delegation of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee.
Criticism was led by by the Left Group in the European Parliament
A statement read, “In an unprecedented move since the revolution in 2011, the “Tunisian authorities show no respect for democracy. This attitude is extremely dangerous especially in the context of the migration deal agreed with the EU, to which the Left has constantly been demanding an end.”
This visit was intended to be a follow-up to a Foreign Affairs Committee fact-finding mission to Tunisia in April 2022, which had already raised some concerns by certain MEPs about alleged “political backsliding in Tunisia on democratic standards and human rights.”
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The five MEPs taking part in the mission were supposed to have meetings with NGOs, trade unions and opposition leaders, and to assess the EU-Tunisia migration deal.
The Left Group statement said, “The agreement is a “blank check” for Tunisia, which will get EU money in exchange for preventing migrants from entering the EU.
“The funds have no additional human rights clauses, usually attached to the EU foreign aid, despite mounting evidence of pushbacks and violence against migrants.
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