8 November 2012

Tunisia: 'Transitional Justice Does Not Mean Erecting Scaffolds,' Speaker Ben Jaafar

Tunis — "Transitional justice does not mean erecting scaffolds. Rather, it should come to consecrate national reconciliation after accountability and establishment of truths," said National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar.

Receiving, on Thursday, the first draft of the Transitional Justice Bill from members of the Technical Steering Commission of the National Dialogue on Transitional Justice, Mr. Ben Jaafar said that "this law is the Tunisian people and their elected representatives' urgent demand to establish truths and ease tensions."

The commission members asserted that the bill was the fruit of a participatory approach in which political parties, civil society components, organisations from the country's various regions and several experts had taken part, a NCA communiqué reads.

They specified that the target was to write a law that meets the people's aspirations and avoids mistakes of comparable experiences in countries that had lived through democratic transitions.

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