17 May 2016

Tunisia: Government Determined to Play Leading Role in Upholding Human Rights - Minister

Tunis — The government and all state institutions are determined to play a leading role in upholding human rights, Minister in charge of Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights Kamel Jendoubi said on Tuesday.

The minister was speaking at a press conference in Tunis to present the recommendations of the UN Committee against Torture that had discussed Tunisia's third periodic report last April 20 and 21.

He emphasised the attachment of the government, in association with human rights activists, the media and international organisations concerned to entrench this process and eliminate all forms of torture and ill-treatment in Tunisia.

Having considered Tunisia's report, the Committee against Torture recommended legislative reforms to give more legal guarantees to prisoners.

It also advocated the revision of the security system to fight against impunity in cases of involvement in torture, noted the minister.

The UN Committee against Torture also recommended speeding up the establishment of judicial institutions, improvement of detention conditions and adoption of a law to end violence against women.

The committee also calls for the protection of human rights defenders, artists and journalists against threats and assaults.

It proposes to provide the national authority for the prevention of torture with resources need for its proper operation and support the action of the Truth and Dignity Commission (French: IVD), while seeking to establish a set of clear criteria for the compensation of torture victims.

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