Tunisia Commission Releases Final Report on 50 Years of Dictatorship


The Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) of Tunisia has released its final report, a devastating 2,000-page archive of torture and human rights violations that is intended to prevent the return of authoritarian rule. The president of the TDC, Sihem Bensedrine, unveiled the document at a ceremony in Tunis and posted the entire Arabic-language document on the commission’s website. The report is the product of four and a half years of investigation mandated by a constitutional assembly after Tunisia’s popular uprising of 2010 and 2011.

By law, Ms. Bensedrine must submit the commission’s findings to all branches of government. The president and the head of Parliament have received the report, but Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who described the commission’s work as a “failure” at the end of its mandate in December, has not yet responded to invitations to accept the document.

Still, Ms. Benserdine told human rights activists that “the report is in good hands… and it is up to [them] to make sure the process goes on.” The report includes recommendations that the government is bound by law to implement within a year. However, commissioners have often complained of the lack of political will to support their work, and investigators often turned to human rights groups for help instead.

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New York Times