Tunisia Women Recount Torture in ‘Transitional Justice’ Trials


Women who were subjected to torture in Tunisian prisons and interrogation centers recently appeared in the country’s “transitional justice” trials as part of a truth and dignity commission to recount their experience of being tortured under the regimes of Habib Bourguiba (1956-1987) and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1987-2011). Since May, amid fears that their cases would be obscured, trials investigating human rights violations under Bourguiba and Ben Ali’s regimes are underway. Ben Ali was among the defendants in these cases, along with a number of his ministers and security staff—most of whom did not attend the hearings. These ministers and officials have been accused of committing torture, rape, and sexual assault.

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Middle East Monitor