Civic groups in Tunisia have planned rallies in Tunis and other major cities on Friday, August 11. The demonstrations are reportedly being organized to protest a series of legal reforms proposed by a presidential commission. Protesters in Tunis plan to assemble at Bab Saadoun square at 09:00 (local time) to denounce the reforms, which include decriminalizing homosexuality, establishing equal inheritance rights, and liberalizing Tunisia's citizenship laws. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are expected near related gatherings. Further protests are possible across Tunisia in the near-term.
Some conservative Muslims oppose the proposed legal reforms, which they claim run contrary to Islamic values.
The Commission on Individual Freedoms and Equality, established by President Beji Caid Essebsi in September 2017, published its recommendations in June. The proposals, which are intended to align Tunisia's legal code with its 2014 constitution, have spurred debate on the proper roles of civil and religious laws in Tunisian society. More than 1000 demonstrators participated in a previous related march and rally in Sfax.
Individuals in Tunisia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of potential violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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