Letter to Kais Saied, President of the Republic of Tunisia

Dear President Kais Saied,

The Club de Madrid has been pleased to learn of Prime Minister Hammadi Jebali’s recent release after his detention on 23 June by security police and subsequent urgent transfer to the intensive care unit of Habib Thamer Hospital in Tunis, in seriously deteriorated health conditions. Prime Minister Jebali is a Member of the Club de Madrid, an international, non-partisan, non-profit organisation and the world’s largest forum of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the globe. Our organization harnesses the hands-on governance experience of its Members, the knowledge and also experience of a global network of advisers and partners from all sectors of society to stimulate dialogue, build bridges and engage in focused advocacy to strengthen public policy and effective leadership through policy recommendations that tackle challenges such as inclusion, sustainable development and peace at national and multilateral level.

Upon his release by the investigating judge on 27 June, the latter requested his appearance on July 20 for a court hearing in connection with an investigation into an alleged money laundering and terrorism financing case. Justice is doing its work and the process continues.

Club de Madrid calls upon you, President Saied, and upon Tunisian authorities to meticulously observe Prime Minster Jebali’s fundamental rights and freedoms in this process, ensuring him protection under the law and a fair judicial process, respectful of fundamental and civil rights, as guaranteed to all Tunisian citizens in the country’s constitution.

We count on you to preserve democratic values and human rights in the midst of the current political tensions in Tunisia. In line with the mission of our organisation, we remain at your disposal to support the strengthening of democratic practice in Tunisia.

Yours sincerely,

Danilo Türk

President of Club de Madrid