Tunisia’s once-vibrant democracy is on its deathbed. Democratic backslide in the country shows why it is necessary to adopt a human rights perspective to interpret constitutional decisions. And that is what the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights did. It ruled that the decisions adopted by Saied violated human rights. The court ordered that the presidential decrees be repealed to restore the supremacy of the constitution. A human rights approach is the best antidote to constitutional authoritarian populism. Because autocrats will manipulate the law to justify authoritarian measures, it is necessary to go back to the classical legal tradition and recall that an unjust law cannot be deemed binding. Pray for democratic leadership in Tunisia that can really protect the people. Pray that the leaders will repent and obey God’s law and abide by them (The Bible, 1 John 3:4).
UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited a museum which records the brutality of the Khmer-Rouge regime, paying tribute to both the victims and those who survived. He noted that museums like this help to ensure that history does not repeat itself. He also warned that when hatred is unchecked and allowed space, it will wreak havoc with humanity. Jesus also taught that hate is powerful, but forgiveness can bring healing while unforgiveness does not bring life. Pray for ongoing healing for the nation of Cambodia. Praise God for the forgiveness we experience as a result of Jesus Christ coming to seek and save the lost (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 2:10-11).