Debating Transitional Justice in Tunisia

The popular uprisings of January 2011, which led to the collapse of Zine Abidine Ben Ali’s despotic regime, raised new questions in Tunisia on how to redress the infringements of the past. Post-January 14th Tunisia found itself with a legacy of human rights violations, political and financial corruption that involved members of the previous ruling family, former politicians and several supporters of the dissolved RCD (former ruling party).

“Transitional justice started in the early days of the revolution thanks to the efforts of the Tunisian civil society… Our ministry reflects a political will and we will follow a participatory approach in reinforcing transitional justice in Tunisia,” stated Samir Dilou, Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice when he delivered the inaugural speech of a three-day conference organized by the International Center of Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the High Commissariat of Human Rights (HCDH) and a number of other organizations. Dilou announced that his ministry would be holding a series of meetings with political parties and civil society organizations to examine the most well-suited approach to implement transitional justice in Tunisia.

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