Tunisians protest against societal reforms proposed by Presidential commission including equal inheritance and decriminalisation of homosexuality

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Africa News quotes AFP in reporting that more than one thousand people demonstrated in eastern Tunisia on Friday, to protest against societal reforms recently proposed by a presidential commission.

Protesters gathered in the center of Sfax at the call of religious associations and representatives of civil society. They marched through the city under police surveillance.

The Commission for Individual Freedoms and Equality, set up by President Béji Caïd Essebsi, on June 8 had proposed reforms, regarding equal inheritance and decriminalising homosexuality.

The Commission set up by the authorities was mandated to bring Tunisian laws in line with the values enshrined in the 2014 Constitution, adopted after the 2011 revolution. Authorities say the approach “is not contrary to the values of Islam.

Human rights campaigners have welcomed these societal reforms.

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