20 April 2012

Tunisia: Families of Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution to Receive Social Benefits

The Ministry of Transitional Justice and Human Rights invited today the wounded and families of the martyrs of the Tunisian Revolution to receive free healthcare and public transportation cards.

They will need to go the headquarters of their governorates of residence to obtain special identification cards that distinguish them as either "Wounded of the Revolution" or a "Martyr's Family."

A new department has been also created within Al Kassab Public Hospital in Manouba to treat the victims of last year's uprising that led to the ouster of the Ben Ali regime, which violently suppressed the popular uprising.

Recently, Qatar announced that it would cover the medical charges of 20 people, who were wounded during the Tunisian Revolution. This decision sparked a wave of criticism, since Tunisians believe that their health services are sufficiently advanced. In fact, Tunisia is a medical destination for patients from neighboring countries.

Samir Dilou, Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice, said that Tunisia did not seek the help of any country to treat its wounded.

"We received offers from many countries, who wanted to help us through this situation, and we accepted the offer to alleviate the burden on Tunisian hospitals. Germany also offered to cover the medical treatment of a group of wounded people," he explained.

The Tunisian interim government has iterated several times its commitment to the success of transitional justice. The mini constitution - the provisional law regulating public authorities passed by the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) in late December 2011 - dedicated Article 24 to the very issue of transitional justice. According to the text of the law, the NCA must pass legislation that regulates and organizes the process of transitional justice.

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