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Tunisia’s specialized courts at a standstill
In a deserted courtroom, two victims recounted the arrests, brutal interrogations, torture and lay-offs that followed the strike of 26 January 1978. Yet this is…
Tunisia: what will the newly elected do for transitional justice?
Tunisia has a new jurist President and a new political landscape emerging from the October 6 elections which could, if confirmed by the game of…
Christel Cournil: Now is the time to link the climate issue to human rights
JUSTICEINFO.NET IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS Christel Cournil Professor of public law at Sciences Po Toulouse, co-author of “Les procès climatiques : entre le national et l’international” (2018). Swedish…
Tunisia’s presidential hopefuls shun transitional justice issue
Transitional justice is an issue almost absent from Tunisia’s current presidential campaign. There are 26 candidates in the running, but hardly any focus on this…
Tunisia’s Truth Commission vs France, the IMF and World Bank
On July 16, Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) sent two memorandums calling first on France and then on the World Bank and International Monetary…
Climate law moves from human to nature-centred rights
Since the legal victory of the environmental NGO Urgenda against the Dutch state in June 2015, there has been an increase in the number of…
Tunisia and the disputed accounts of its truth commission
The Tunisian Court of Audit, which is responsible for the oversight of public funds and is known to operate independently and impartially, published its audit…
Tunisia Truth Commission report (Part II): Justice and prisons, tools of oppression
Among the mechanisms on which the Bourguiba and Ben Ali regimes relied was the justice system which became a tool of government, and prisons, where…
Tunisia Truth Commission report (Part I) : dissected oppression
A meticulous network throughout the country by the one-party State and special agents of the Interior Ministry helped keep Tunisians in subjection for several decades,…
Tunisia: Tension is rising between victims and government
A serious incident occurred on 23 April between victims and the national authorities. One victim of the old regime went so far as to threaten…
Sihem Bensedrine: “France and the World Bank should compensate Tunisian victims”
JUSTICEINFO.NET IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS Sihem Bensedrine Head of the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) in Tunisia In Tunisia, the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) has just…
Tunisia : the threat of an amnesty
The draft of a bill aimed at putting an end to the transitional justice process is circulating within parliamentary groups. This draft envisages an amnesty…
“The Silence of Others”: How a Spanish film on the Franco past resonates with Tunisians
Warmly applauded by the audience of the Tunis Cinémathèque, a Spanish film called “The Silence of Others” has a special resonance for Tunisians. It evokes…
Tunisia’s “Barraket Essahel” case and the tragedy of 244 soldiers
In 1991, former President Ben Ali tried to decapitate the army by accusing 244 of its most brilliant soldiers of plotting against the stability of…
Mokhtar Trifi: It is the suspected perpetrators who are applying the transitional justice law!
Mokhtar Trifi, former president of the Tunisian Bar Association and of the Tunisian Human Rights League as well as vice-president of the World Organization Against…
Tunisia: constant doubt and frustration in the Fayçal Baraket case
The trial in the case of Fayçal Baraket, who died under torture in October 1991, is postponed for the third time. The President of the…
Tunisia: Government accused of missing Truth Commission opportunities
Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) claims to have recovered 745 million dinars for the State. But it also accuses the State of deliberately obstructing…
Valérie Cabanes: icc should recognize the crime of ecocide
JUSTICEINFO.NET IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS Valérie Cabanes International lawyer, defender of human rights and nature Lawyer and activist Valérie Cabanes has seen situations on all the world’s…