16 July 2014

Tunisia: Received By Marzouki, NGOs Deplore Ongoing Torture in Tunisian Prisons

Carthage, — Received, Wednesday, by caretaker President of the republic Moncef Marzouki, representatives of national and international organisations and institutions of human rights defence reported the ongoing phenomenon of torture in post-revolution Tunisia. "Impunity and slow investigations are at the origin of continuing this phenomenon in prisons," President of the Tunisian Organisation of Fight Against Torture Radhia Nasraoui said after the meeting.

The talk provided the occasion to exchange views on means to fight against torture which, according to Nasraoui, provide notably for the establishment of a national mechanism of prevention of torture, the multiplication of visits of the components of the civil society in prisons an the control of administrative and judicial investigations related to the cases initiated by the victims of torture.

The talk also turned on means to join the prison doctors to the Health Ministry and give the lawyers a copy of the queries presented by the victims of torture.

During the meeting, President Marzouki pledged to ensure the follow-up of the cases reported and intensify control of administrative investigations by the Ministries of Interior and Justice, Radhia Nasraoui said.

Took part in this talk, representatives of the High Committee of Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties, the Tunisian Organisation of Fight Against Torture, the "Freedom without Borders" Organisation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "Life After Guantanamo" project and the Arab Commission for Human Rights."

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