Duties

Title III Duties

Article 56: General Provisions

1. Every individual shall have duties toward the family and the society, toward the State and other legally recognized units, and toward the international community.

2. In the exercise of his rights and in the possession of his liberties, every individual shall only be submitted to limitations established by law with a view to assure the recognition and the respect of the Rights and Liberties of others and the goal of satisfying just exigencies of moral, public order, and the general well-being in a democratic society.

Article 57: Tolerance

Every individual shall have the duty to respect and consider his equals without any discrimination, and to maintain with them relations which permit promotion, safeguard, and reinforcement of respect and reciprocal tolerance.

Article 58: Family, National Solidarity

1. Every individual shall have the duty:
  1. to preserve harmonious development of the family and to work in favor of its cohesion and its respect, to respect at all times his parents, to nourish and to assist them in case of necessity; and
  2. to preserve, at all times, the social and national solidarity and reinforce it particularly when it is menaced.

Article 59: National Security

1. Every individual shall have the duty to preserve the peace and reinforce the national independence and territorial integrity of the Fatherland and in a general manner, to contribute to the defense of the country, under conditions fixed by law.

2. Treason, espionage for the profit of a foreign power, aiding the enemy in time of war, as well as all threats to the security of the State shall be reprimanded in conformity with the laws of the Republic.

Article 60: Taxation, Duty to Work

Every individual shall be expected to work in measure with his capacities and his possibilities and to pay his due contribution fixed by law for the safeguard of the fundamental interests of Society.

Article 61: Property

Every citizen shall have the duty, by his work and his conduct, to respect private property, to protect public property, and the interests of the national unit.

Article 62: Public Good

1. The public good is sacred and inviolable. All citizens shall have the duty to assure its maintenance and preservation.

2. The law shall reprimand any act of sabotage, corruption, abuse of a public function, misdirection, dilapidation, and dissipation.

Article 63: Public Office

Citizens charged with a public function or elected to a public function shall have the duty to accomplish it conscientiously and without discrimination.

Article 64: Culture, Society, African Unity

1. Every individual shall have the duty:
  1. to strive, in his relations with the society, for the preservation and reinforcement of cultural values in a spirit of tolerance, dialogue, and in concert and in a general fashion, to contribute to the promotion of the moral health of the Society, to preserve and reinforce the national unity and cohesiveness when they are menaced; and
  2. to contribute to the best of his abilities, at all times and at all levels to the promotion and the realization of African unity.

Article 65: Environment

1. Every individual shall have the duty to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and the preservation of his natural milieu as well as to the protection of the environment.

2. Also, he shall have the duty not to negatively effect his environment nor the well-being of his neighbors.

Article 66: Constitution, Law, Regulations

Every citizen shall have the duty to conform himself to the Constitution, the laws, and the regulations of the Republic and to discharge his obligations toward the State and the Society.