17 May 2016

Tunisia: Habib Essid Highlights Need to Implement Recommendations of UN Committee Against Torture

Tunis — Prime Minister Habib Essid, on Tuesday, stressed the need to implement the recommendations of the UN Committee against Torture, particularly those related to the installation of the national authority for the prevention of torture.

The Prime Minister was meeting, Tuesday in Kasbah, with members of the National Committee on co-ordination, development and presentation of reports and monitoring of recommendations in the field of human rights.

Habib Essid commended the committee members for their efforts in preparing reports and meeting Tunisia's commitments in human rights-related fields.

The Prime Minister had ordered the creation of the national committee on co-ordination, development and presentation of reports and monitoring of recommendations in the field of human rights under a government decree dated October 30, 2015.

The committee is meant to be a strategic mechanism to promote the comprehensive national approach to human rights and a main tool to strengthen participatory and interactive process with the civil society and UN and regional specialised agencies.

The UN Committee against Torture, a body composed of 10 independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention against Torture, had discussed Tunisia's third periodic report last April 20 and 21 in Geneva.

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