Tunisia Just Became One Of The Most Democratic Countries in The World!

After  years of struggle and protest since the Ben Ali era, protests from 2011… The journey has reached its peak for Tunisia.  The Tunisian National Assembly on Sunday evening(last week  9th February)  voted to approve  its new constitution, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and outgoing Assembly chief Mustapha Ben Jaafar signed the document on Monday morning, bringing it into effect.





From the only recent English draft of the constitution  in a Chapter 2 of the constitution, a section titled “Rights and Liberties” 29 areas are laid out that the Tunisian state must provide for the betterment of the people, Key Components;
  1.  Guaranteed equality between men and women
  2.  A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
  3.  A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
  4.  A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion 
  5.  An established right to due process and protection from torture
  6. Tunisia’s laborers under the terms of the document, given the right to form trade unions in guaranteed along with all of the powers that grants laborers — including the ability to strike.
  7. Islam is listed as Religion of the country, but no more Sharia law for basis of formation of future laws in the country
This constitution was the dream of Tunisians, this constitution is proof of the revival of the revolution, this constitution creates a democratic civil nation,” Assembly chief Mustapha Ben Jaafar said after the votes were tallied.
Watch the celebrations...WOW! So Emotional, Whats makes it so emotional is the fact that Tunisia is where the Middle East Protest began, late in 2010... Congratulations Tunisia!

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1. Climate change Given the conservative attempts to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency and deny the very existence of climate change, it would seem improbable at best that the U.S. will mention conservation efforts in the Constitution anytime soon. But Tunisia has done just that. “Contribution to a sound climate and the right to a sound and balanced environment shall be guaranteed,” the constitution promises. “The state shall provide the necessary means to eliminate environmental pollution.” Given Tunisia’s location in the Maghreb, with portions of the country within the Sahara Desert, the state also is given custody over ensuring the “conservation and rational use of water” as one of its duties.
2. Health care Health care policy-making in Tunisia’s capital of Tunis has also managed to leapfrog that in Washington as of Monday. “Health is a right for every person,” the document announces, declaring that Tunisia shall “guarantee preventative health care and treatment for every citizen and provide the means necessary to ensure the safety and good quality of health services.” Even as the U.S. begins to implement the Affordable Care Act, and Republican governors block the implementation of the portions that expand Medicaid, the new Tunisian constitution promises “free health care for those without support and those with limited income.”
3. Women’s rights The new constitution also goes further than the American version in explicitly promoting women’s rights, a goal of the now-dormant push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. “The State shall commit to protecting women’s achieved rights and seek to support and develop them,” the constitution reads. “The State shall guarantee equal opportunities between men and women in the bearing of all the various responsibilities in all fields.”
The draft version also committed the government to try to balance the number of men and women serving in elected councils, which would far outstrip the current 82-17 split between the two in the U.S. Congress last year. Given the struggle to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in the United Stateslast year, it would seem that Tunisia has American beat there as well. “The state shall the necessary measures to eliminate violence against women,” the constitution guarantees.

4. Workers’ rights Tunisia’s laborers get a huge boost under the new constitution, particularly in comparison to their American counterparts. Under the terms of the document, the right to form trade unions in guaranteed along with all of the powers that grants laborers — including the ability to strike. Members of the army and security services are the one exception to this rule, while unions and all other political parties and associations are required to reject violence and abide by all areas of the law.
The constitution also promises that all citizens, male and female alike, shall “have the right to adequate working conditions and to a fair wage.”

Islamist parties were also forced to agree to have Islam be the listed religion of the country, but to not promote sharia as the basis for future laws.