Tunisia:  Joint communication to UN Special Procedures calls for immediate action to counter attacks against the transitional justice process

In a joint communication to five United Nations Special Procedures, the ICJ and its partners urged the mandate holders to call on the Tunisian authorities to immediately stop hampering the transitional justice process.

The organizations expressed their concern at the ongoing attempts to undermine the transitional justice process and accountability efforts for past gross human rights violations.

“The Tunisian transitional justice process has been under serious attack since its inception in 2013. Today, the ICJ and its partners are urging the United Nations Special Procedures to take urgent action to deter such attacks, demand justice for the victims and secure accountability for the perpetrators,” said the Director of ICJ’s Middle East and North Africa Programme, Said Benarbia.

The joint communication highlights the following areas of concern:

  • The recent political initiatives to dismantle the transitional justice process;
  • The incessant attacks against the Truth and Dignity Commission (Instance Verité et Dignité, IVD) and its 2018 final report’s findings;
  • The lack of support to the Specialized Criminal Chambers (SCC) and the numerous obstacles that risk to severely impair access to justice and effective remedies for victims of gross human rights violations.

The communication is addressed to the following United Nations Special Procedures:

  • The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence;
  • The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
  • The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers;
  • The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; and
  • The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

The communication was submitted jointly by the ICJ along with:

  • The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
  • The Ligue tunisienne des droits de l’homme (LTDH)
  • The Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux (FTDES)
  • Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
  • The Association of Tunisian Magistrates (AMT)
  • Al Bawsla
  • International Alert
  • The Association KARAMA
  • The Association INSAF pour les anciens militaires
  • No Peace Without Justice
  • The Organisation Contre la Torture en Tunisie (OCTT)
  • The Organisation Dhekra we Wafa, pour le martyr de la liberté Nabil Barakati
  • The Coalition Tunisienne pour la Dignité et la Réhabilitation
  • The Association Tunisienne pour la Défense des Libertés Individuelles
  • The Association des Femmes Tunisiennes pour la Recherche sur le Développement
  • The Association Internationale pour le Soutien aux Prisonniers Politiques
  • The Réseau tunisien de la justice transitionnelle


Valentina Cadelo, Legal Adviser, ICJ Middle East and North Africa Programme, e: valentina.cadelo(a)icj.org

Asser Khattab, Research and Communications’ Officer, ICJ Middle East and North Africa Programme, e: asser.khattab(a)icj.org


Tunisia-Special-Procedures-Joint-Submission-2021 (PDF, in French)

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