The president has now moved to assume more power and unleashed a deep crackdown on those who dissent with the help of the military. To defend democracy in Tunisia, there is currently an Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would set conditions on U.S. military cooperation with the Tunisian military and security services.
This provision does not seek to undermine U.S.-Tunisian security cooperation. Rather, it aims to ensure that the Tunisian security services and U.S. security assistance do not remain complicit in Kais Saied’s constitutional coup—a year-long deconstruction of Tunisia’s hard-fought democracy. This provision would limit U.S. aid to the Tunisian military and police subject to clear democratic conditions, such as ending the use of military courts to prosecute peaceful activists, ending the blockade of parliament by the Tunisian Army, and ensuring police are not interfering with free speech & assembly.
At a time when the U.S. is taking the wrong steps toward supporting democratic values in the Arab world, this amendment provides a rare but important opportunity to counter this trend. So, please take the next two minutes to urge your elected officials to co-sponsor this important amendment.