The Tunisian National Constituent Assembly passed the text of the new constitution by 200 votes from 216. A moment of joy and proud to see the members of the Assembly standing up and singing the national anthem.
I was as proud as the member of the assembly that adopted the text, not only for being a Tunisian citizen who has been looking for stability for his country after the 2011 revolution but also as someone who helped to adopt one of the phrases in the new constitution.
During two weeks, I spent countless time in meetings with members of the constitutional assembly, essentially from the majority party Ennahdha, to convince them adoption two changes proposed by Iyed Dahmani – a member of PDP an opposition party. The two proposed changes had the intention to introduce two notions :
– The Net neutrality
– The right to access to networks
After different meetings with the assembly members, only one change was accepted which is the rights to access to networks. The final version of the text was adopted as part of an article that took later the number 32.
Article 32 :
The State guarantees the right to information and the right to access information.
The State shall endeavor to guarantee the right of access to communication networks.
According to the Constitute Project, the Tunisian constitution is the only consitution in the world that do provide such rights of access to networks, which means access to the Internet, to its citizens.