19 June 2012

Tunisia: Compromise Arrived at On Final Version of Article Banning Torture

Tunis — The National Constituent Assembly (NCA)'s Rights and Liberties Committee reached, on Tuesday, a compromise on the final version of the constitutional article condemning physical and moral torture.

The Committee decided, unanimously, to enshrine the principle of corporal integrity and human dignity in the constitution, as well as the principle of condemning all forms of physical and moral torture, said the Committee chairwoman Farida Laabidi.

"Members of the Committee affirmed that any person allowing or executing orders of torture will be held accountable for their conduct," she added.

Besides, the Legal, Administrative, Financial and Constitutional Committee and the Constitutional Authorities Committee met, on Tuesday, without having been able to determine the Constitutional Court's prerogatives and duties.

Members of both committees agreed to carry on their debate, each side on its own, to deepen thinking on the matter.

The Preamble, Basic Principles and Constitutional Amendment Committee focused on reviewing the mechanisms of the people's sovereignty.

In this connection, the Committee members supported overwhelmingly the idea that elections and referendums are the most efficient mechanisms to preserve people's sovereignty.

The Finance Committee, for its part, is to hear, during its afternoon working session, Central Bank Governor Mustapha Kamel Nabli; while the General Legislation Committee will carry on review of the two bills on the Provisional Judiciary Management Authority.

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