Tunis Events Calendar Suspended

Main photo: A landscape of Bou Argoub, near Grombalia on March 7, 2020. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar Suspended

Monday, March 16, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Meshkal is suspending its weekly events calendar as most public events have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely to slow the transmission of the coronavirus causing the new Covid-19 disease. We also expect that in the coming weeks the frequency of our reporting will decrease. We wish all of our readers good health and solidarity during this period, and we thank you for continuing to follow Meshkal’s reporting.

 

 

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of March 9-15, 2020

Main photo: An illustration of activist Lina Ben Mhenni commemorating the 40th day after her death resulting from chronic health issues.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of March 9-15, 2020

Monday, March 9, 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 for the book presentation of the former finance minister on Wednesday at ATUGE. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, March 9:

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Elections is scheduled to open candidate applications for the renewal of half of the members of the National Anti-Torture Authority, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

13:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finance Management is holding a hearing with the director of customs, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

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

14:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Tunisia Diaspora Affairs is holding a meeting on bilateral and multilateral agreements, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? – Hearing in the military trial of lawyer Abderraouf Ayadi. Human rights activists tell Meshkal he is being tried for insulting a public official. A campaign has been launched to support him and call for an end to military trials for civilians.

Tuesday, March 10:

9:00 – Workshop on the protection of Sebkhet Sijoumi and its biodiversity. Location: Hotel Mechtel, Tunis.

9:00 – Parliament is schedule to hold a plenary (full) session to assess draft law No11/2020 relating to a loan signed by the Ministry of Finance and local banks and draft law No77/2019 on approving an African intellectual property statute signed in Addis Ababa on January 31, 2016, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Elections is scheduled to open candidate applications for the renewal of half of the members of the National Anti-Torture Authority, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Wednesday, March 11:

9:00 – Day one of a three-day international colloquium on the topic of “Forms of Resistance and Social Critique in the Arab World Post-2011.” Location: Faculté des sciences humaines et sociales de Tunis, Boulevard 9 Avril, 1938.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hold a meeting on draft law 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 hold a meeting on amendments to the rules of procedure, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, Food Security, Trade and Related Services is scheduled to hold a hearing with the chambers of commerce UTICA and CONECT on draft law No79/2019 on the social solidarity economy, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s General Legislation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing with the UGTT, the National Order of Lawyers, the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), the Association of Tunisian Judges, and the Syndicate of Tunisian Judges on draft law No25/2015 on Prosecution of Abuses Against Armed Forces, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala. The draft law has been condemned by several human rights groups and activists.

18:30 – Former Finance Minister and Prime Ministerial hopeful Hakim Ben Hammouda is presenting his new book entitled “Social Democracy or Conservative Revolution? Tunisia After the 2019 Elections.” Event is being hosted by ATUGE, the alumni association of the grandes écoles. There is an entry fee of 10 dinars and registration is requested in advance. Location: ATUGE.

Thursday, March 12:

9:00 – Day two of a three-day international colloquium on the topic of “Forms of Resistance and Social Critique in the Arab World Post-2011.” Location: Faculté des sciences humaines et sociales de Tunis, Boulevard 9 Avril, 1938.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to hold a meeting on amendments to the rules of procedure, 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 hold a hearing with the Minister of Finance and the governor of the Central Bank on draft law No39/2017 on excessive interests rates, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s General Legislation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing with representatives from civil society on draft law No25/2015 on Prosecution of Abuses Against Armed Forces, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala. The draft law has been condemned by several human rights groups and activists.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Youth and Cultural Affairs, Education and Scientific Research is scheduled to assess documents transferred to the committee, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Friday, March 13:

9:00 – Day three of a three-day international colloquium on the topic of “Forms of Resistance and Social Critique in the Arab World Post-2011.” Location: Faculté des sciences humaines et sociales de Tunis, Boulevard 9 Avril, 1938.

9:00 – The Higher Judicial Council is hosting a forum, with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation Tunisia chapter, on the its role and the challenges to an independent judiciary. Registration was required in advance by March 6. Location: Hotel Laico.

9:00 – Forum debate on moving towards a new model of local and regional development in Tunisia hosted by the Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) at the Hotel Golden Tulip El Mechtel, Tunis.

10:00 – Parliament’s General Legislation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Justice, Defense, and Interior ministers on draft law No25/2015 on Prosecution of Abuses Against Armed Forces, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala. The draft law has been condemned by several human rights groups and activists.

17:00 – A ceremony is being held in honor of deceased activist Lina Ben Mhenni. The event is being organized by her family and friends in commemoration of the 40th day since her passing. Location: Culture City

Saturday, March 14:

14:00 – A climate strike is being organized by Youth For Climate Tunisia. Location: Bab Bhar.

15:00 – Tarek Bakri will give a presentation on his visual documentation project entitled “We Were and We Still Are Here,” connecting Palestinian diaspora to their land. The event is taking place as part of the “Week of Resistance to Zionist Colonialism and Apartheid,” running from March 9-14. Location: Ibn Rachiq Culture House.

15:00 – A discussion on the “Tunisian left, Between Theoretical and Experience,” hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (associated with the right-wing Christian Democratic party in Germany) is being held. Two other local associations are also hosting the discussion, including one called The Tunisian Girl Association and another called Readers without Borders. Location: Espace Carmen, near Ministry of Higher Education.

18:00 – Opening of the Tunisia Environmental Film Festival, which runs from March 14-20. The first film screening will be of “The Great Green Wall” by Jared P. Scott. Location: Culture City.

Sunday, March 15:

14:00 – Day two of the Tunisia Environmental Film Festival, which runs from March 14-20. Screening will be “Our Planet” by BBC. Location: Culture City

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of March 2-8, 2020

Main photo: A street in the medina of Tunis on Thursday, February 27. Photo by Fadil Aliriza

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of March 2-8, 2020

Monday, March 2, 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, March 2:

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee investigating the deadly bus crash in Amdoun is scheduled to hold a meeting to continue the examination of its report, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

13:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finance Management is scheduled to hold a hearing with experts from the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies concerning “brain drain” and the loss of experts, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Tuesday, March 3:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary (full) session to consider amending the electoral law (organic law no16/2014 of May 26, 2014, last amended as no7/2017 of February 14, 2017), according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

17:00 – Book presentation and signing for the book “Wassila Bourguiba, La Main invisible,” by historian Noureddine Dougui. Location: Al Kitab bookstore, La Marsa

18:00 – A “Green Lecture” on the topic of “Ending Plastic Pollution in Tunisia” is being hosted by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. Location: Culture City.

Wednesday, March 4:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary (full) session to consider: bill no68/2019 approving a financial cooperation agreement with Germany for the year 2017; bill no62/2019 granting a license to the State to subscribe for equity from the company operating in the technology complex of Manouba; organic law no13/2019 approving actions adopted by the 24th congress of the Universal Postal Union; organic law no14/2019 approving actions adopted by the 25th congress of the Universal Postal Union; organic law no69/2019 approving the founding agreement of the Free-Exchange Zone of Continental Africa; organic law no79/2019 approving the convention creating the Global Alliance of Arid Zones; organic law no77/2019 approving the Statute of the Pan-African Organization of Intellectual Property (OPAPI by its French acronym) adopted in Addis Ababa on January 31, 2016. During the session, Parliament is also scheduled to hold votes on the following bills: organic law no93/2018 approving an agreement with the Republic of Guinea concerning the international transportation of people and goods by road; organic bill no94/2018 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Djibouti concerning maritime travel and ports; organic bill no10/2019 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Sudan concerning maritime travel, navigation, and commerce; organic bill No 48/2019 approving an agreement with the nation of Qatar concerning air transport between the two countries, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Thursday, March 5:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to continue its plenary session from the previous day, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Friday, March 6:

10:00 – Presentation of the Arab Barometer 2019 Country Report on Tunisia by professor Mark Tessler, hosted by the Centre d’Études Maghrebines à Tunis (CEMAT). Location: Law and Political Science Faculty, Manar Campus Conference Room.

Saturday, March 7:

17:00 – Presentation by Moroccan illustrator Zainab Fasiki, hosted by Nachaz discussion group and moderated by Shams Radhouani Abdi. Location: Mille Feuilles bookshop, La Marsa.

17:00 – Presentation of a book of photography called “Tunisia Inside Out,” by Pétra Dachtler. Location: Fahrenheit 451 bookstore.

Sunday, March 8:

8:30 – Training and competition in human rights issues for primary and secondary school students, hosted by the Ariana municipality. Location: Bir Belhassen Park, Ariana

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 24-March 1, 2020

Main photo: A sign in a forest near El Krib in Siliana governorate, February 7, 2020 reading “Preserve your country.” Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 24-March 1, 2020 

Monday, February 24, 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 24:

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Elections is scheduled to hold deliberations over the proposed evaluation criteria for candidates of the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Rights of Future Generations, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee investigating the deadly bus crash in Amdoun is scheduled to continue its discussion on the findings of its report, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – 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 representatives of the government in charge of the dossier of beneficiaries of the General Amnesty Fund and representatives of civil society concerning the status of the dossier, 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 reading of its report on its site visit to the Choucha refugee camp and the border at Ras Jedir and to organize its priorities for future meetings, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

13:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Tunisia Diaspora Affairs is scheduled to hold a reading of legal documents related to the committee and to hear from the Director of the National Council of Tunisians Abroad to negotiate problems around establishing the council and beginning its work, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

13:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finance Management is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Director General of Customs concerning the degree of participation of the Tunisian Customs agency in the fight against contraband, parallel trade, and national and economic protection; efforts and procedures taken to ensure the proper administration of the Customs agency and the fight against corruption within it; and other problems confronting Customs in the course of its duties and means of reforming and further developing the agency, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Tuesday, February 25:

9:00 – Day one of two-day expo on Green Building. Location: Palais des Congrès.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hear from the Order of Accountants concerning bill No81/2019 relating to the administration of taxation and of businesses and public institutions, 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 hear from the National Union Chamber of Wholesale Pharmaceutical Distributors to discuss bill No5/2020 approving a deal with the Qatari Development Fund relating to the opening of a bureau for the latter; to discuss bill No17/2019 approving a loan agreement finalized in Tunisia on December 12, 2018 with the German Foundation for Loans for Reconstruction to finance a program supporting reforms in the water sector (second phase); and to approve the committee’s report concerning bill No11/2020, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Youth and Cultural Affairs, Education and Scientific Research 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.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Health and Social Affairs is scheduled to hold a meeting at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Wednesday, February 26:

9:00 – Conference on the topic of “The Governance of Public Services for the Private Sector,” hosted by the business group the Confédération des Entreprises Citoyennes de Tunisie (CONECT) the state’s National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC). Registration is requested in advance. Program available here. Location: Mechtel Hotel, Tunis.

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary (full) session to hold a vote of confidence in the government as provided for in the provisions of article 89 of the constitution and article 142 of Parliament’s Rules and Procedures, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Day two of two-day expo on Green Building. Location: Palais des Congrès.

18:00 – The discussion series “Politics Café” organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is hosting another session. Location: le 4ème art café.

13:00 – Conference on the topic of “Freedom of Expression Before and After the Revolution,” including a film screening and debates and presentations on activism, politics, theatre, cinema, and journalism. Location: Law Faculty (Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques, et Sociales de Tunis), room 17 Dali Jazi.

Thursday, February 27:

9:00 – Day one of two-day conference on the topic of “The Digital Revolution,” hosted by the Order of Tunisian Accountants. Registration is requested in advance. Location: Culture City.

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

13:00 – Workshop entitled “An Introduction to Gender!” hosted by Mawjoudin. Registration is requested in advance. Location: ENAU (National School of Architecture and Urbanism), University of Carthage.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Health and Social Affairs is scheduled to hold a meeting at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Friday, February 28:

9:00 – Day two of two-day conference on the topic of “The Digital Revolution,” hosted by the Order of Tunisian Accountants. Registration is requested in advance. Location: Culture City.

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

15:00 – The American African Union is hosting a conference on “Peace and Prosperity” in Libya. Location: American African Union, Lafayette.

Saturday, February 29:

9:00 – Conference on the topic of “The Role of the State in Tunisia in the Democratic Transition,” hosted by Forum de L’Académie Politique and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Location: Sheraton Hotel.

10:00 – Workshop on urban agriculture hosted by El-Khouma Khir. Location: Hafsia

15:00 – Roundtable discussion on the topic of “Tunisian Consumption between Modernity and Traditions,” hosted by the Health and Environment Association. Location: Mechtel Hotel, Tunis.

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.