Tunisia: The Struggle for Accountability for Past Human Rights Violations Must Continue

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Few months left for victims to receive long-awaited justice and accountability for gross human rights violations.

The Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) was created in 2014, with the promise of addressing five decades of human rights violations in Tunisia. Victims of gross violations await justice in the prosecution of perpetrators and the government's commitment to deter future abuses.

More than 62,000 victims of human rights violations have entrusted the IVD with justice for crimes that have remained unpunished for decades. And, in March 2018, the Commission began its referral of cases to the specialized criminal chambers.

But since the creation of this mechanism, Tunisian authorities have been trying to obstruct its work. Government agencies refused to allow the IVD to access police and military archives, and Parliament threatened to cut the work of the IVD short during a highly contested vote.

Although the Government recently committed to give the commission the necessary time to finalize its work, there is still a lack of guarantees to ensure that trials happen in an independent and transparent manner without obstruction or pressure.

Ridha Barakati, whose brother Nabil was killed by security forces in 1987
Our wounds cannot heal without achieving justice for Nabil.

Tell the Tunisian authorities

to keep the IVD alive