Statement by Geraldine Fraser Moleketi, Director of the Democratic Governance group, UNDP
Tunis - Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Director of the Democratic Governance Group of UNDP, met with key members of the transitional government, civil society, the presidents of the recently appointed commissions dealing with political reform and fact-finding of abuses, and key international cooperation partners during her visit to Tunisia the week of February 1-5th. She was grateful for the openness and warm reception received from all interlocutors.
Ms. Fraser-Moleketi extended her condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the violence in recent weeks, struggling for democracy and freedom. She expressed solidarity with the people of Tunisia during this historic transition period.
Ms. Fraser-Moleketi was impressed by the immediate initiatives and progress towards realization of a smooth transition. She was encouraged by the measures implemented, or underway including the positive step of registering several new political parties. Additionally, the transitional government has shown commitment to ensure the continuation of state functions, work on the passage of an amnesty law, the release of all political prisoners. There have also been initial concrete steps for compensation of victims of the recent violence, and to ratify international conventions, including in the field of human rights.
In her meetings, civil society, including the Tunisian General Workers Union, presented a comprehensive overview of their contributions to the transition. This includes, among others, the development of political, social and economic policies in consultation with a range of stakeholders.
There was consensus for the United Nations to support a transparent and credible electoral process that will serve to fulfil the aspirations of the Tunisian people for freedom and democracy. In the rich consultations, emphasis was placed on the need to eliminate all legal constraints that impede the full participation of all citizens in the electoral process. Ms. Fraser-Moleketi said UNDP will continue a dialogue with partners in the coming weeks in order to prioritize technical and financial assistance, with a special focus on democratic governance and capacity building.