Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 17-23, 2020

Main photo: An abandoned house at the bottom of the Sidi Bou Said hill on February 16, 2020. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 17-23, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, February 17:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Affairs of Armed Forces is scheduled to hold a hearing with the official in charge of major reforms from the Prime Minister’s office who holds the rank of minister about bill No81/2019 on the governance of public contributions, facilities and institutions, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing with representatives from the Ministry of the Interior regarding public security, the increased incidence of robbery and drug use, and the protection of educational institutions, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee investigating the deadly bus crash in Amdoun is scheduled to hold a meeting to discuss the contents of the committee’s report and to hear from two people wounded in the accident, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala. The official parliamentary website indicates the meeting will be held in chamber number one.

14:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Tunisia Diaspora Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing with the interim Minister of Transport and the directors general of Tunis-Air and the National Air Travel Company regarding preparations for the two national carriers ahead of the summer season, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

18:30 – Film screening of the documentary “In the Land of Sad Oranges” by Dhia Jerbi, hosted by L’Institut français de Tunisie. Location: L’Institut français de Tunisie.

Tuesday, February 18:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to continue its discussion on amendments to parliamentary rules and procedures, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – A demonstration is being organized in front of the Tunis II Court of First Instance in support of Aymen Othman, coinciding with the second hearing in the trial of customs officials accused of killing Othman by manslaughter. Othman, 19, died on October 23, 2018 in the Sidi Hassine neighborhood of Tunis after customs officials opened fire.

Wednesday, February 19:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Minister of Local Affairs and the Environment on bill No73/2019 regarding the transfer of goods over land borders, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to continue its discussion on amendments to parliamentary rules and procedures, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Thursday, February 20:

9:00 – One-day colloquium on the topic of “the new constitutional and political balances following the 2019 elections in Tunisia,” hosted by the Research Lab for International Law, International Jurisdictions, and Comparative Constitutional Law at Carthage University (URDIJIDCC) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Location: Law Faculty (Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales de Tunis)

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Affairs of Armed Forces is scheduled to hold a hearing with representatives of the UGTT regarding bill No81/2019 on the governance of public contributions, facilities and institutions, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Press conference by the Association of Tunisian Women for Development Research (AFTURD) commemorating the World Day of Social Justice. Location: Headquarters of the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT).

Saturday, February 22:

9:00 – International seminar on the topic of geopolitics in the Mediterranean, hosted by the Center of Strategic Studies on the Maghreb (CESMA). Location: Tunis Grand Hotel, Menzah 7.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 10-16, 2020

Main photo: A demolished building in La Marsa, February 9, 2020. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 10-16, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee EXCEPT Saturday’s event on “Dream and Utopia” AND Thursday’s presentation on the budget law by Finance Minister Ridha Chalgoum. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, February 10:

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Elections is scheduled to hold a meeting to open the nomination process and approve the evaluation criteria for membership in the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Rights of Future Generations, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution and of the Implementation of the General Amnesty Law and Transitional Justice is scheduled to hold a hearing with the president of the High Council on Human Rights and Basic Freedoms, the president of the General Commission on Resistance Fighters, Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution and on Terrorist Attacks, and representatives of civil society, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala

10:30 – Press conference announcing the first Tunisian Music and Song Festival, set up by the Ministry of Culture. The festival is set to take place April 24-30. Location: Culture City.

14:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Affairs of Disabled Persons and Marginalized Groups is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Minister of Social Affairs, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Tuesday, February 11:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary (full) session to discuss a number of proposed organic laws, including: law No76/2019 approving a deal with the International Islamic Corporation for the financing of Tunisian refineries and the importation of crude oil in accordance with the Mourabha Agreement; law No64/2019 approving a treaty protocol with Italy on the improvement of infrastructure and primary education services; law No67/2019 authorizing the state to borrow additional capital from the Asian Investment Bank for infrastructure, and law No78/2019 authorizing the state to borrow additional capital from the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and to increase capital for international financial institutions.

Parliament is also scheduled hold votes on the following bills which were discussed during last week’s plenary session: law No48/2019 approving an agreement with the nation of Qatar concerning air transport between the two countries; law No10/2019 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Sudan concerning maritime travel, navigation, and commerce; organic bill No94/2018 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Djibouti concerning maritime travel and ports; law No93/2018 approving an agreement with the Republic of Guinea concerning the international transportation of people and goods by road. Schedule is according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – A protest is scheduled to be held in front of the Spanish embassy calling on Spanish authorities to release irregular Tunisian migrants detained in Melilla, an enclave in North Africa controlled by Spain but claimed by Morocco. Organizers of the scheduled protest include the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) have denounced the “harsh humanitarian conditions,” of those detained, and families of those held are expected to demonstrate.

Wednesday, February 12:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to continue Tuesday’s plenary session, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development is scheduled to hold a hearing with representatives of the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation to receive its periodic evaluation concerning the current development plan, the execution of development programs which have already been planned, and its plan and perspective on the institution of affirmative action programs, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:00 – Film screening of “Au delà de l’ombre” directed by Nada Mezni Hafaiedh, as part of the Ciné B and the “Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival.” Location: “L’École nationale d’architecture et d’urbanisme,” (ENAU).

18:00 – Lecture on the topic of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by Sarah Limam Masmoudi, CEO of the Kilani group and the President of the National Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industries (CNIP). Registration in advance is requested. Location: Wall Street English, Menzah 6.

Thursday, February 13:

9:00 – Day one in two-day conference on anti-corruption hosted by the Center for Economic and Social Research (CERES), the state’s anti-corruption authority INLUCC. Location: CERES, Hay al Khadra.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to meet to assess amendments to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, Food Security, Commerce and Services is scheduled to hold a hearing with the interim minister of professional training on the draft law on the Social Solidarity Economy, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

18:30 – Presentation on the budget law by Minister of Finance, Ridha Chalgoum. Registration in advance is requested and there is an entry fee of 20 TND. The presentation is hosted by Tunisian Association of “Grands Écoles” (ATUGE). Location: ATUGE.

Friday, February 14:

9:00 – Day two in two-day conference on anti-corruption hosted by the Center for Economic and Social Research (CERES), the state’s anti-corruption authority INLUCC. Location: CERES, Hay al Khadra.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to meet to assess amendments to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Youth, Cultural Affairs, Education and Scientific Research is scheduled to hold a hearing with members of the General Tunisian Union of Students (UGTE by its French acronym) on the topic of Tunisian universities, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala. The UGTE, considered to be traditionally associated with Islamist politics, splintered in 1985 from the main student union, the UGET, or General Union of Tunisian Students, which is considered to be more closely associated with leftist, nationalist, and pan-Arab political currents.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Tunisian Diaspora Affairs is scheduled to hold a “field visit” on an unspecified topic at an unspecified time, according to parliament’s official website.

Saturday, February 15:

9:00 – Daylong conference on the theme of “Dream and Utopia: Psychoanalysis and Politics,” hosted by the Association for Training in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Exchanges (AFPEC). Preregistration is requested in advance on the Facebook event page, and there is an entry fee of 20 TND. Location: Carlton Hotel.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 3-9, 2020

Main photo: A photo of the St. Louis Cathedral at the Acropolium of Carthage on the Byrsa Hill in January, 2020. Photo by Morgan Beard.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 3-9, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, February 3:

9:30 – Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Minister of the Interior and the interim Minister of Defense concerning the situation in Libya and its implications for Tunisia’s national security, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finances is scheduled to continue its consideration of bill No 81/2019 relating to the governance of taxation, business, and public institutions, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Tuesday, February 4:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary (full) session to discuss a number of bills, including: organic law No48/2019 approving an agreement with Qatar concerning air transport between the two countries; organic law No10/2019 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Sudan concerning maritime travel, navigation, and commerce; organic law No 94/2018 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Djibouti concerning maritime travel and ports; and organic law No93/2018 approving an agreement with the Republic of Guinea concerning the international transportation of people and goods by road, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:00 – The Tunis-Africa Business Council (TABC) is hosting its 3rd Financing Investment and Trade in Africa (FITA) conference, a two-day conference. Location: Laico Hotel.

12:30 – A protest is being planned in front of the Prime Minister’s office in support of residents of Al-Huwaydia in the northwest of Tunisia who have held a sit-in in front of the Ettihad Company polluting local water resources.

Wednesday, February 5:

9:00 – The Tunis-Africa Business Council (TABC) is hosting its 3rd Financing Investment and Trade in Africa (FITA) conference, a two-day conference. Location: Laico Hotel.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Finance, Planning, and Development is scheduled to meet to examine draft law No99/2017 “relating to the regularization of exchange offenses” and draft law No17/2019 approving December, 12, 2018 agreement between Tunisia and the German state-owned development bank KFW to finance the second phase of a program supporting reform in the water sector, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to meet to assess amendments to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Thursday, February 6:

8:30 – Presentation on a draft law regarding patient rights and medical responsibility. Location: Law Faculty (Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales de Tunis).

9:00 – Roundtable on the topic of “Populism, Politics and Popularity: Reflections on the Politics of Today,” hosted by Le Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT).

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Sunday, February 8:

15:00 – Workshop on cross-border reproductive care in the Maghreb, hosted by IRMC. Location: IRMC

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 27-February 2, 2020

Main photo: An old Mercedes driving in La Marsa on Saturday January 25, 2020 . Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 27-February 2, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, January 27:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Elections is scheduled to continue its assessment of candidates for the anti-torture commission, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee is scheduled to discuss its annual schedule and priorities, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:15 – Parliament’s Committee on Issues of Tunisians Abroad is scheduled to hold a hearing with an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding consular procedures to help Tunisians living in Libya in light of recent events, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee for Industry, Energy, Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Environment is scheduled to hold a field visit, according to parliament’s official website. The time, location, and topic of the visit are unspecified on the website.

Tuesday, January 28:

9:00 – A daylong “national conference on the completion of the transitional justice process” is being hosted by the civil society collective “Laroujou3,” [Never again]. Location: Sheraton Hotel.

Wednesday, January 29:

17:00 – Roundtable discussion on the topic of “The Ecological Challenges in the Mediterranean,” hosted by the Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality. Location: Culture City.

17:30 – Book presentation on Algeria by researcher Karima Direche. Location: IRMC.

18:00 – Debate on the topic of crime, hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in its Café Politique series. Location: Le 4ème Art.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Affairs of Armed Forces is scheduled to hold a meeting at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, Food Security, Trade and Related Services is scheduled to hold a hearing at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finance Management is scheduled to hold a meeting at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Thursday, January 30:

12:30 – Debate on the topic of “the political and economic issues of the Libyan situation and their impacts on Tunisia,” hosted the IHEC Carthage Alumni and the Friedrich Neumann Foundation. Registration in advance is requested. Location: Institut Arabe Des Chefs D’entreprises, Lac 1.

14:00 – Day one of two-day conference on the topic of “Representative Democracy Today,” hosted by the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Location: Law Faculty (Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales de Tunis).

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, Food Security, Trade and Related Services is scheduled to hold a meeting at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Friday, January 31:

9:00 – Day two of two-day conference on the topic of “Representative Democracy Today,” hosted by the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Location: Law Faculty (Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales de Tunis).

11:00 – Press conference supporting students who are victims of sexual harassment, hosted by Aswat Nissa. Registration in advance is requested. Location: Hotel Belvedere.

Sunday, February 2:

11:00 – Conference on “depolluting plants,” hosted by professor Naceur Ayed. Location: Centre d’Etudes de Carthage

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 20-26, 2020

Main photo: A street sign in the Carthage neighborhood of Tunis, January 15, 2020. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 20-26, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, January 20:

9:00 – Conference on Tunisian Diaspora start-ups. Location: IACE, Lac 1.

9:30 – Parliament’s Electoral Committee is scheduled to assess candidates the anti-torture commission, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee of Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution and the Implementation of the General Amnesty Law and Transitional Justice is scheduled to meet to approve its schedule, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:00 – Parliament’s Committee of Tunisians Abroad is scheduled to hold a hearing with the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding measures taken by the ministry to assure the protection of Tunisians living in Libya in light of recent events, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? – Parliament’s Industry, Energy, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, and Environment Committee is scheduled to hold a field visit, according to parliament’s official website. The time, location, and the topic of the visit are unspecified on the website.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finance Management is scheduled to hold a meeting at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Tuesday, January 21:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Finance, Planning, and Development is scheduled to assess several draft bills including Law No68/2019 approving a 2017 financial cooperation agreement between Tunisia and Germany; Law No76/2019 approving an agreement signed between the Tunisian state refining company and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation to finance the import of oil and petroleum products, and Law No78/2019 authorizing the Tunisian state’s subscription to the World Bank’s IBRD and IFC, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – A demonstration is being planned in front of the Tunis 2 Court as it hears the case of Aymen Othmani, a 19-year-old shot and killed by customs officials on October 23, 2018. Demonstrators are calling for the customs officials responsible to face justice and accountability. Location: Tunis 2 Court, Ezzahrouni

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Health and Social Affairs is scheduled to assess Law No41/2019 on patient’s rights and medical responsibility, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Wednesday, January 22:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Minister of Transportation regarding bill No73/2019, concerning the commerce across Tunisia’s land borders. The committee will also consider bill No81/2019 concerning “governance,” according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Finance, Planning, and Development is scheduled to assess several draft bills including Law No62/2019 authorizing the state’s investment  in a company managing a technology park in Manouba; Law No64/2019 approving an agreement signed between Tunisia and Italy; Law No65/2019 closing the state’s 2017 budget, and Law No67/2019 authorizing the state to invest in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee of General Legislation is scheduled to consider bill No43/2018 regarding transferable securities, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

17:30 – Meshkal’s cofounder and editor-in-chief Fadil Aliriza is taking part in a discussion, hosted by Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Tunisia Office on the work of Meshkal. Location: Harvard CMES Tunisia Office, Lac 2.

Thursday, January 23:

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, Food Security, Trade and Services is scheduled to assess several draft bills including Law No93/2018 approving a 2018 agreement between Tunisia and Guinea on the transport of people and goods; Law No94/2018 approving a cooperation agreement between Tunisia and Djibouti on maritime transportation; Law No10/2019 approving a 2017 agreement between Tunisia and Sudan on air transportation services, and Law No48/2019 approving an agreement between Tunisia and Qatar on air services, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? –  Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Affairs of Armed Forces is scheduled to hold an field visit at an unspecified time at an unspecified location and on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

10:00 – A protest is being planned by public sector engineers in front of the prime ministry to withdraw an increase in privatization covered in an agreement signed on September 5, 2019 between the government and the UGTT that applies to all engineers.

Friday, January 24:

15:00 – Science City in Tunis is hosting a two conference panels, one on the use of drones in agriculture in Tunisia and one on the impacts of climate change on plant health. Location: Science City (Cité Des Sciences à Tunis).

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 13-19, 2020

Main photo: A photo of greater Tunis from the Sidi Dhrif park, Sunday January 12, 2020. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 13-19, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, January 13:

10:00 – Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee is holding a hearing with the president’s chief of staff on the situation in Libya as well as its political and diplomatic implications for Tunisia, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Tuesday, January 14:

00:01 – Ninth anniversary of the 2010-2011 uprising, marking the day former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia. The day is set to be marked by different political groups, parties, and unions having rallies and/or setting up stands and booths on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, and some political groups have called for gathering on the avenue for political rallies on the avenue this year as well.

15:00 – Performances and presentations by the “Youth of Kram” hosted by Mobdiun. Location: Mad’art Carthage

15:00 – Film screening of “Human Vol. 3” hosted by Terre d’Asile Tunisie. Registration requested in advance. Location: 17 rue Khaled Ibn El Oualid – Mutuelleville, Tunis.

19:30 – Film screening of “Leviathan,” presented by professor Richard Pena, hosted by Columbia Global Centers Tunis and CinéMadart. Location: CinéMadart

Wednesday, January 15:

9:00 – Plenary (full) session of parliament is scheduled to be held to discuss numerous bills including on patient rights, the financing by the French development agency on an “E-health” project, a financial cooperation agreement between Tunisia and Germany, a financial cooperation agreement between Tunisia and Italy, an agreement between Tunisia and the Arab Fund on the funding of two dams, and a loan taken by the Tunisian central bank from a group of foreign companies, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Seminar on the topic of “The Challenges and Achievements of the Revolution on its Ninth Anniversary,” hosted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). Location: Mechtel Hotel, Tunis.

Thursday, January 16:

8:30 – A breakfast is being organized by the Tunisia-Spain Affairs Council of UTICA and the Tunisian-Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Indsutry on the topic of “The new Spanish Line of Credit.” Location: UTICA headquarters.

9:00 – Plenary (full) session of parliament is scheduled to be held to discuss numerous bills including the ones on the agenda for Wednesday that may be outstanding (see above), according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

17:30 – Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) Tunisia Office is hosting a lecture by art historian Ridha Moumni on the topic of royal portraiture in 19th century Tunisia. Location: Harvard CMES Tunisia Office, Lac 2.

Saturday, January 18:

9:30 – Corruption watchdog NGO IWatch is hosting its annual “Integrity Mall” anti-corruption fair with a series of panel discussions on corruption in relation to various topics. Location: Culture City.

Sunday, January 19:

9:30 – Corruption watchdog NGO IWatch is hosting its annual “Integrity Mall” anti-corruption fair with a series of panel discussions on corruption in relation to various topics. Location: Culture City.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 23-29, 2019

Main photo: A canal opening to the Mediterranean sea in La Goulette, October 26, 2019. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 23-29, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, December 23:

10:00 – Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee is meeting to establish a work calendar, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee investigating the deadly bus crash in Amdoun that occurred in early December is meeting to establish its methodology, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:30 – Parliament’s Committee for Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finance Management is holding a meeting to assess its work program going forward, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Wednesday, December 25:

9:00 – The Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fishing (UTAP) is calling for a protest in front of the agriculture ministry to denounce the price collapse for olive oil and the state’s lack of intervention to protect olive producers.

18:00 – The Tunisian Association of Statistical Engineers is holding a general assembly. Registration in advance is requested. Location: Aquatic Restaurant, Lac.

Thursday, December 26:

9:00 – A pan-African conference on tax justice and illicit capital flows is being hosted by the Tunisian Observatory of Economy. Registration in advance is requested. Location: Hotel Africa.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for Youth, Cultural Affairs, Education, and Scientific Research is holding a meeting to establish a methodology for the committee as well as to examine a bill looking to preserve Arab monuments, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:00 – Presentation of a study on resources available to female victims of violence who are HIV positive, by the Association Tunisienne De Prévention Positive. Location: 9, rue 7444, Aredh Hrichi, Manar I.

 

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 16-22, 2019

Main photo: A café in the old city Medina of Tunis, September 2019. Photo by George Gale.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 16-22, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, December 16:

9:00 – The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) is holding a conference to present its work on migration, including reports, studies, and a documentary.  Location:  Hotel Majestic.

17:30 – The Contemporary Maghreb Research Institute (IRMC) is hosting a presentation by Thomas Serres, lecturer at University of California Santa Cruz, on his latest monograph entitled “Managing the Crisis, Blaming the People: The Suspended Disaster in Bouteflika’s Algeria.”  The presentation will be in French.

Wednesday, December 18:

10:00 – The Observatory of Rights and Liberties in Tunisia is hosting a press conference on the official state of emergency declared by Tunisian authorities which has been in effect since November 2015.  Location: Hotel Africa.

Thursday, December 19:

9:30 – The Tunisian Observatory of Economy (OTE) is hosting a conference on the topic of public private partnerships (PPPs). The conference will introduce a report co-authored by Jihen Chandoul of OTE and Cécilia Gondard of the European Network of Debt and Development (EURODAD) entitled “Projects that don’t take off – Challenges and lessons to be learned from PPPs in Tunisia.” Registration requested in advance. Location: Hotel Africa.

Friday, December 20:

8:30 – A conference on food sovereignty in North Africa is being hosted by the Tunisian Permaculture Association. The topic of the conference is “Food Sovereignty in the North African Region: Working for the Future.” Location: Maison de Culture Maghrébine Ibn Khaldoun de Tunis

10:00 –  Youth for Climate Tunisia is hosting an end of year discussion on the climate crisis. Registration is requested in advance. Exact location has not been publicly announced yet.

17:30 – A debate is being held on the public health priorities in Tunisia over the next five years.  The debate is being organized by the Tunisian center for public health. Registration requested in advance.  Location: Cogite Co-working Space.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 9-15, 2019

Main photo: Rooftop of a shop in the medina, the old city of Tunis, that had previously been the residence of one of the beys, on September 1, 2019. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 9-15, 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, December 9:

9:00 – A plenary (full) session of parliament is scheduled to be held to discuss a law relating to the 2020 budget and to create a commission to investigate a recent deadly bus accident, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 –  A debate is being held on the topic of violence against women with the particular focus on Women who are migrants.  The debate is being hosted by Terre d’Asile Tunisie and l’ATL MST SIDA Tunis.  Location: 7, Rue El Khalil Menzah 8, the headquarters of l’ATL MST SIDA.

14:00 – A debate is being held on the topic of “Water: A Right or a Commodity?” Hosted by the Tunisian Water Observatory, Nomad08, and in collaboration with the Tunisian Observatory for Food and Environmental Sovereignty (OSAE). Location: Hotel Majestic.

15:30 – A commemoration event is being held relating to the history of Jews in Tunisia. The event will be hosted by the Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities (ATSM).  Location: Hotel Africa.

Tuesday, December 10:

9:00 – A plenary (full) session of parliament is scheduled to be held to discuss a law relating to the 2020 budget and to create a commission to investigate a recent deadly bus accident, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:00 –  The main Tunisian chamber of commerce UTICA is hosting a seminar on the UN’s sustainable development goals and how they relate to private sector. Location: UTICA headquarters.

16:00 – A debate is being held on the topic “Migration Through the Prism of Human Rights,” hosted by the Dutch Embassy and l’Association Terre d’Asile Tunisie. Location: Culture City.

Wednesday, December 11:

8:30 – A debate hosted by the Konrad Adenauer foundation the focus on the theme of work and social rights within the context of human rights.  Location:  Hotel Paris, LAC

14:00 – A conference on capital punishment is being hosted by the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Club and the UN High Commission for Human Rights. Location: Law Faculty (Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sciences Sociales.)

Thursday, December 12:

14:00 – Presentation on a study on gender-based violence, hosted by the Association Tunisienne De Prévention Positive. Location: 9, rue 7444, Aredh Hrichi, Manar I, 2092 Tunis, Tunisia

Friday, December 13:

8:30 – AFTURD and EuroMed Rights are hosting a celebration of the 71st anniversary of Universal declaration of human rights. Location: Hotel Mechtel, Golden Tulip.

Saturday, December 14:

15:00 –  Presentation of the book “Article 230: A History of the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Tunisia,” by Ramy Khouili et Daniel Levine-Spound.  Registration advance is requested. Location: 9, rue 7444, Aredh Hrichi, Manar I, 2092 Tunis, Tunisia

 

 

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 2-8, 2019

Main photo: Dates in Douz, October 3, 2019. Photo by George Gale.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of December 2-8, 2019

Monday, December 2, 2019

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, December 2:

9:00 – Gathering on the topic of “Violence against women in the digital space” hosted by CREDIF.  Location: CREDIF

10:00 – Press conference by the Food and Environmental Sovereignty Observatory (OSAE) kicking off the opening of its annual “Food and Environmental Sovereignty Days” event.  This year’s theme will be on the topic of “Climate Change and Food Sovereignty: Same Enemies, Same Struggles.” A livestream of the press conference is available here. Location: 2, Rue Lucie Faure, Escalier A, 3rd floor 1000 Tunis.

18:30 –  A debate and book presentation is being held on the topic of AIDS and the rule of community. Location: Institut français de Tunisie.

Tuesday, December 3:

9:00 – A plenary (full) session of parliament is being held to discuss a law relating to the 2019 budget, according to the Facebook page of the parliamentary bloc of the Ennahdha party. Needed the official website of the Parliament nor its Facebook page appear to provide any details about the session.

9:00 – A workshop is being held to present the results of the study on violence against teenage girls.  Location: CREDIF

18:30 – A panel discussion is being held on the work of people with disabilities. Location: Institut français de Tunisie.

Wednesday, December 4:

8:00 – The UGTT is holding a workers rally in front of its headquarters to mark the anniversary of the assassination of Farhat Hached on December 5, 1952.

10:00 –  A book discussion is being held on the book “Society of Resistance,” presented by Qassim ElGharbi.  Location: CERES.

17:30 – A workshop is being held to discuss the history of  the Tunisian League of Human Rights (LTDH).  Location: IRMC

Friday, December 6:

15:30 – A march is being held under the slogan of “Let’s Change the System, Let’s Protect the Climate.”  The march is being organized by the Food and Environmental Sovereignty Observatory (OSAE) as part of its annual “Food and Environmental Sovereignty Days” event. Location: Bourguiba avenue, downtown Tunis.

Saturday, December 7:

14:30 – A daylong conference is being held to present the results of a study on brain drain in Tunisia. Hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Tounes Al Fatet.  Location: Hotel Africa.