Tunisia's Truth Commission Wraps Up 4-year Mission


After four years working “under fire” and interviewing almost 50,000 witnesses, Tunisia's commission is tasked with serving justice to victims of half a century of dictatorship is poised to submit its recommendations. Set up in 2014 following the 2011 revolution and in the wake of dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's fall, the Truth and Dignity Commissionhas sought to “reveal the truth about the human rights violations” in Tunisia from 1955 to 2013. It has collected and disseminated testimonies; transferred certain cases of those suspected of rape, murder, torture or corruption to specialized courts; and recommend measures to prevent any recurrence.

In its final act, the commission will submit its recommendations to Tunisia's leadership. The national government, with the assistance of a parliamentary follow-up committee, will have one year to draw up an action plan based upon the recommendations.

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The Daily Star