We, the undersigned organizations, actively involved in the preparations for the upcoming World Social Forum to be held in March 2013 in Tunis, are dismayed and revolted by the assassination of Chokri Belaid, a political leader who devoted his life to fight for democracy, freedom and social justice.

We extend our condolences to the family of the deceased, his comrades in struggle, his friends and the people of Tunisia for their loss of a man who never shied away in defending their cause. This odious crime has taken place two years after the eruption of the revolutions in Tunisia and in the region and less than two months before the beginning of the WSF 2013 in Tunis.

This assassination aims at silencing voices fighting for dignity, freedom and social justice, it aims to create a climate of fear and hatred and to push Tunisia towards a cycle of violence.

Such an act will not be able to stop the process in which all democracy loving Tunisians are engaged in and with whom we are in solidarity. We are convinced that the democratic forces in Tunisia will be able to gather their strength and their steadfast conviction and choice for a peaceful resolution of conflicts to strengthen the democratic process.

We appeal to the Tunisian authorities to urgently order an impartial inquiry and identify the perpetrators of this crime and implement mechanisms so that such an act does not go unpunished and does not reproduce again.

We are convinced, more than ever before, of the necessity for international mobilization in order to ensure success of the WSF 2013 that will send a strong signal of support to the democratic process in Tunisia.

SUBMITTED BY: World Social Forum 2013 Tunisia

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