National Council on Canada-Arab Relations | Conseil National des Relations Canado-Arabes


News Release
January 14th, 2011 / 14 Janvier, 2011 Pour version française, cliquez ici
NCCAR urges real democratic reform in Tunisia
(Ottawa)  In light of the widening crisis in Tunisia the National Council on Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR) urges the Government of Tunisia to live up to the promises of President Zine El Al Abidine Ben Ali to restrain its security forces from committing further deadly repression against the popular uprising which erupted in December and to allow an open and free media.  In addition, the Council strongly urges the Government of Tunisia to bring about real change through democratic reform and respect of human rights.

The uprising of youth and disenchanted citizens in towns, villages and cities across the country which has led to more than 40 deaths, hundreds of injured and extensive damage to property, follows years of increasing unemployment, the stagnation of the democratic processes put into motion soon after Tunisia’s independence in 1958 and the concentration of more and more power into fewer hands.
The Council is deeply concerned about the possible degeneration of this situation into further violent confrontations between security forces and citizens and calls on the Government of Tunisia to move quickly to ensure freedom of the press and freedom of speech, the release of scores of youth incarcerated in recent days and the right of civil society and human rights organisations to operate openly without fear of Government repression.

NCCAR President, David Comerford, stated “I have travelled numerous times to Tunisia since 1975 and lived there for six years in the 1990’s.  Though I have seen much progress over the years, I witnessed this past summer in Tunis immense frustration and deep concern at the deteriorating economic and political situation in the past few years.  I am not surprised by this turn of events.” He added, “However, Tunisians have shown immense capacity to initiate positive and peaceful change and will find a way to build a stronger and more democratic country in the wake of this latest crisis.” He commended the Canadian Government for taking a principled stand in favour of democratic change in this latest crisis in the Arab world.

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The National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR) is a charitable organization whose mission is to build ties between Canadians and people of the Arab World in order to develop stronger relations and cooperation between them as well as an appreciation of their common values. NCCAR is a member-driven organization supported by Canadians of diverse backgrounds across Canada.

Contact

For further information on the National Council on Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR) please contact David Comerford in Ottawa at 613 796 8081, Rula Odeh in Montreal at 514-559-4090 or Ahmad Jawad in Edmonton at 780-906-9845, visit our website at www.nccar.org or write to us 116 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 2K1.

Communiqué
NCCAR insiste pour une vraie réforme démocratique en Tunisie
(Ottawa) A l’insu de la crise qui secoue la Tunisie depuis un mois, le Conseil national des relations Canado-arabes incite  le gouvernement tunisien à se conformer aux engagements pris par le président Zine Al Abedine Ben Ali, de retenir les forces de sécurité de commettre des répressions supplémentaires contre l’insurrection qui a débuté en décembre et de permettre un accès libre aux medias. De plus, le Conseil incite fortement le Gouvernement de la Tunisie d’amener de vrais changements via une réforme démocratique et le respect des Droits humains.
L’insurrection des citoyens désenchantés et des jeunes dans les villages et les villes à travers le pays a mené à plus de 40 décès, des centaines de blessés et des dommages majeurs, c’est le résultat de plusieurs années de chômage dans la population, de la stagnation du processus démocratique qui a été mis en place suite à l’indépendance de la Tunisie en 1958 et de la concentration accrue du pouvoir en peu de mains.
Le Conseil est préoccupé par  la dégradation possible de cette situation envers des confrontations plus violentes entre les forces de sécurité et les citoyens. Il fait appel au gouvernement tunisien pour rapidement assurer la liberté de la presse, la liberté d’expression, la libération des jeunes détenus durant ces derniers jours et le droit de la société civile et des organisations des Droits humains d’agir librement sans crainte de répression gouvernementale.
Le président de NCCAR, David Comerford, a déclaré « J’ai voyagé plusieurs fois en Tunisie depuis 1975 et j’y ai vécu pendant six ans durant les années 1990. Malgré plusieurs progrès observés durant les dernières années, j’ai constaté à Tunis l’été dernier une immense frustration et une préoccupation profonde de la situation économique et politique des dernières années. Je ne suis pas étonné de cette tournure d’évènements.»   Il a ajouté « Par ailleurs, les tunisiens ont toujours démontré une forte volonté d’initier des changements positifs et paisibles et trouveront des moyens pour construire un pays plus fort et plus démocratique à la veille de cette récente crise.»  Il a louangé le Gouvernement du Canada pour sa position en faveur de changements démocratiques à l’instar de cette nouvelle crise dans le monde arabe.
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Le Conseil national des relations canado-arabes (CNRCA) est un organisme caritatif dont la mission est d’établir des liens entre les Canadiens et les peuples du monde arabe pour créer des relations et une collaboration plus étroites entre eux, ainsi que pour mieux apprécier leurs valeurs communes. Le CNRCA est un organisme dirigé par ses membres et appuyé par des Canadiens de diverses origines dans l’ensemble du Canada.

Pour plus de renseignements sur le Conseil national des relations canado-arabes, veuillez communiquer avec David Comerford à Ottawa au 613-796-8081, Rula Odeh à Montréal au 514-559-4090 ou Ahmad Jawad à Edmonton au 780-906-9845, ou visitez notre site Web à www.nccar.org ou écrivez-nous à 116 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Québec, J8X 2K1.

Contactnccar@nccar.caOttawa: David Comerford – 613.796.8081  |  Montreal: Rula Odeh – 514.559.4090 | Edmonton: Ahmad Jawad – 780.906.9845
About NCCAR: The National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR) is a charitable organization whose mission is to build ties between Canadians and people of the Arab World in order to develop stronger relations and cooperation between them as well as an appreciation of their common values. NCCAR is a member-driven organization supported by Canadians of diverse backgrounds across Canada. www.nccar.ca

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