Tunisia Country Visit

Tunisia Country Visit

      WATCH LIVE: Side-Event on The Fight Against Impunity in Tunisia, Today, March 10 at 1:30 PM Geneva (8:30 AM EST) The Special Rapporteur’s follow-up report on the mission to Tunisia is now available here in English and French SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR AND ATI ASSESS ADOPTION OF 2011 RECOMMENDATIONS IN FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO TUNISIA THIS WEEK: 4 – 6 JUNEContinue Reading

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Tunisia: Special Rapporteur on Torture and ATI To Conduct Follow-Up Visit, Assess Implementation of 2011 Recommendations: June 4 – 6, 2014

Tunisia: Special Rapporteur on Torture and ATI To Conduct Follow-Up Visit, Assess Implementation of 2011 Recommendations: June 4 – 6, 2014

June 3, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and the ATI will conduct a follow-up visit to Tunisia from 4 to 6 June 2014, to follow up on the implementation of his 2012 recommendations for combating and preventing torture and ill-treatment. The Special Rapporteur hopes his second visit to Tunisia will “assist the Government in coping with some of the remaining challenges it faces regarding the fight against torture and in finding solutions that ensure the promotion of human rights and dignity of all persons.” During the visit, the team will meet with key government decision makers, civil society, and victims and their families. During a full-day roundtable event, the Special Rapporteur and members of local and international civil society will discuss the main challenges and strategies for preventing and combating torture and ill-treatment on the ground, with a special focus on the topics of access to justice, reparations and rehabilitation, and conditions of detention. The roundtable has been organized by the ATI along with the OHCHR in Tunis, the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), and Actions by Christians against Torture (ACAT). The Special Rapporteur has stated that he looks forward to helping Tunisian authorities “to further implement my recommendations, uphold the rule of law, promote accountability for present and past abuses and allegations of torture and ill-treatment, fulfill the right to reparations for victims, and to ensure that alleged perpetrators are held responsible in conformity with international law.” You can read the UN OHCHR press statement announcing the visit here. For more details, daily updates, and background information on the Special Rapporteur’s 2011 mission and work in Tunisia, please visit our Tunisia Country Page.

Special Rapporteur Delivers Video Address During Ceremony Establishing Tunisian National Day Against Torture

Special Rapporteur Delivers Video Address During Ceremony Establishing Tunisian National Day Against Torture

May 8, 2014: The Special Rapporteur delivered a video address during a ceremony hosted by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in Tunis, where the president declared May 8 as the National Day Against Torture. During the ceremony, President Marzouki highlighted the State’s commitment to combating torture and ill-treatment and to fighting impunity and ensuring accountability for past abuses, and apologized to victims and their families on behalf of the Tunisian state. In his statement, the Special Rapporteur outlined Tunisia’s obligations with regards to combating and preventing torture and ill-treatment, and recognized some important progress made by Tunisia since his official visit three years ago, including the establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. The Special Rapporteur’s video address is available here. You can also read a French-language news article about the event here.