1 December 2012

Tunisia: Govt Announces Immediate Recruitment of All Wounded of Revolution, Member of Each Martyr's Family

Tunis — A set of immediate actions were taken Saturday by the Interim Prime Minister in favour of wounded and families of martyrs of the Revolution, Spokesman for the Government and Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice Samir Dilou announced.

In a statement to the press, Mr. Dilou said these measures were taken after a meeting held Saturday by Interim PM Hamadi Jebali and two representatives of wounded and families of martyrs of the Revolution from Kasserine and National Constituent Assembly (NCA) members from the region.

These measures provide for the immediate recruitment of all unemployed wounded of the Revolution and a member of each martyr's family. All those who would not benefit of this measure immediately will receive a monthly allowance until their final employment, he indicated.

Regarding wounded of the Revolution, it was agreed to provide them necessary free care, pay for the expenses and ensure the availability of needed equipment in local hospitals.

As for members of martyrs' families, it was decided, for those who wish to launch their project, to exempt them from the condition of self-financing. They are also given priority in obtaining public agricultural lands to carry out their project.

Needy families could benefit of housing improvement programmes and will have priority in matters of social housing.

Free health cards will be granted to all those who have not received them yet and pre-paid transport tickets will be extended, he added.

The final settlement of the issue of the wounded and martyrs of the Revolution hinges on the adoption by the NCA of the draft amendment of the Decree-law N°97 which would allow setting the final list of the wounded and martyrs of the revolution, said Mr. Dilou, adding that this draft law was submitted to the NCA by the Ministry of Human Rights in August 2012.

Wounded and families of martyrs of the Revolution from Kasserine have been staging a five-day sit-in in the seat of the local Governorate to draw the attention on their social and health conditions.

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