Journalist-activist Souhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) reaffirmed today her wish that human rights be considered non negotiable in post-Ben Ali’s Tunisia.
Speaking at a Council of Europe discussion on the role of women in the Islamic region after the Arab Spring, she said: “In any society and in all circumstances, the possibility of enjoying human rights with no discrimination cannot be negotiated. We cannot give up on these ideals.”
Referring to the role that women played in ousting the former Ben Ali regime and the struggle ahead with Islamists to ensure women’s rights, Belhassen added: “We have succeeded in Tunisia and as Tunisians, we will continue.”
To mark International Women’s Day, the Council of Europe and the City of Strasbourg are staging tonight the eighth session of the Strasbourg Dialogues on the theme: ”Women, key players of the Arab Spring… and now?” featuring Souhayr Belhassen.