Steps to Accountability in Tunisia: Podcast with Habib Nassar

6/27/2011

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Tunisia has been a focal point for the world’s eye since early this year. In the past two weeks, the originator of the “Arab Spring” made steps toward accountability first with a 35-year in-absentia sentence for former President Ben Ali and then officially joining the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) by ratifying the Rome Statute.

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In this week’s podcast Habib Nassar, director of ICTJ’s Middle East and North Africa Program, addresses questions of fairness and credibility of the in-absentia trial of Ben Ali, the relationship between economic and human rights crimes, and the significance of the ratification of the Rome Statute.

There remains a need for a “comprehensive approach to establish the truth about what happened, and to hold those responsible accountable and to provide reparations to the victims of human rights violations,” Nassar said.

But the steps taken to date have been positive. “I think these are all very significant developments for human rights and for justice and accountability in the region,” he added.