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Law 88 on Associations

Decree Number 88 for the Year 2011
Pertaining to Regulation of Associations

Article (1) This decree guarantees the freedom of establishing and joining associations, partaking in their activities, and the support and development of the role of civil society organizations and maintaining their independence.

Article (2) An association is an agreement between two or more persons by virtue of which they operate permanently to achieve objectives that do not include the realization of profits.

Article (3) Associations shall, in their bylaws, activities and funding, observe the principles of the rule of law, democracy, plurality, transparency, equality, and human rights as stipulated in international s ratified by the Republic of Tunisia.

Article (4) Associations are prohibited from the following:
• One: Adopting in their bylaws, data, programs or activities any incitement for violence, hatred, fanaticism or discrimination on religious, racial or regional grounds.
• Two: Carrying out commercial activities for the purpose of distributing monies to their members for personal benefit or exploitation of the association for tax evasion purposes.
• Three: Collection of money to support political parties or candidates for national, regional or local elections or extending material support to them. This prohibition excludes the right of the association to express its political opinions and positions vis-à-vis issues of public affairs.

Article (5) An association has the right to:
• One: Access information.
• Two: Evaluate the role of the State institutions and submit proposals to improve their performance.
• Three: Organize meetings, demonstrations, conferences, workshops and all types of civil activities.
• Four: Publish reports and information, print leaflets, and conduct opinion polls.

Article (6) The public authorities are prohibited from directly or indirectly impeding or hampering the activity of an association.

Article (7) The State shall make all necessary arrangements to guarantee that each person receives the protection of competent authorities against any violence, threat, vengeance actually or legally damaging, discrimination or pressure, or any other coercive measure as a result of the legal exercise of the above indicated rights by this decree.

Three: Organize meetings, demonstrations, conferences, workshops and all types of civil activities.
Four: Publish reports and information, print leaflets, and conduct opinion polls.
The public authorities are prohibited from directly or indirectly impeding or hampering the activity of an association.
The State shall make all necessary arrangements to guarantee that each person receives the protection of competent authorities against any violence, threat, vengeance actually or legally damaging, discrimination or pressure, or any other coercive measure as a result of the legal exercise of the above indicated rights by this decree.

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