مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)
In the coming weeks, our country will enter an important phase in its history, which will determine its future direction through the eligibility of the presidential and legislative elections;
Taking pride in the achievements made by our country since its glorious revolution (17/12/2010) in the course of its democratic transition, absolutely with the system of tyranny and corruption, and a striving to establish a democratic system and a civil state in which human beings are respected and upheld by law;
These values for which the revolution had risen were confirmed by the transitional justice process, which the Tunisian State chose to engage in, revealing the fact that thousands of Tunisians were victims of unemployment and marginalization, while tightening the grip of a few on the country’s wealth through a system based on corruption, bribery, cronyism and impunity;
Applauding civil society organizations working to improve the electoral process, support the integrity of elections and related procedures and promote transparency, democratic values and human rights;
And, while we remind of the powers vested in the President of the Republic as per the Constitution which stipulates that “the President of the Republic is the President of State and the symbol of its unity, ensuring its independence, continuity and endeavoring for compliance with the Constitution”,
We believe that it is incumbent upon the would-be President of the Republic and the Parliament to strive to fulfill the process of Transitional Justice and guaranteeing a real accountability based on:
- A constitutional commitment in view of the powers vested in the President of the Republic and pursuant to Article 148, paragraph nine of the Constitution
- The continuity of the State, tasked to fulfill legal commitments in keeping with the provisions of Law number 53 of the year 2013, governing Transitional Justice. Main commitments are:
- Publication of the Final report of the Truth and Dignity Commission in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Tunisia
- Enforcement of Article 70 of the Organic Law number 53 of the year 2013 stating that “the government shall, within a year from issuing the comprehensive report by the Commission, prepare a plan and work programs for implementing the recommendations and proposals presented by the Commission, and submit these to the legislative council for discussion.
The legislative council shall monitor the extent to which the commission is implementing the plan and the work program. This task should be assigned to a special committee in the parliament with help from relevant organizations, to exert pressure to implement the recommendations and suggestions of the commission.”
- The establishment of the Dignity Fund
- Enforcement of Article 68 of the Organic Law of the year 2013, providing for the establishment of a national institution tasked to preserve national memory
- Support the process of Judicial proceedings before the Specialized Chambers in Transitional Justice.
The Tunisian experience in Transitional Justice is closely linked to the image of Tunisia abroad regarding both our country’s international obligation before the international community, represented by the United Nations Organization and the Human Rights Council and also in terms of the latter’s examination of its annual report on various sessions and within the European Union.
It is also a political and ethical commitment toward the countries that have supported Tunisia’s Transitional Justice experience along with numerous international organizations, especially the Coalition for the Defense of Transitional Justice that continues to support the transitional justice process in our country, as well as the important role played by the associations of victims.
Moreover, the Tunisian experience in Transitional Justice has been held in esteem internationally and academically and used as an example that may be tapped into among other experiences so that transition to democracy can take place at lowest possible cost and in peaceful fashion, in view of the numerous regional countries having slipped into savage and bloody conflicts which affected international peace and security.
We call on:
- All candidates, whether for presidential or legislative elections, to support the transitional justice process because it is in the interest of Tunisia internally and internationally and that their positions are clear, especially regarding the process of judicial trials before the specialized chambers in transitional justice and commit to the immediate release of the final list of martyrs and the wounded of the revolution and to publish it in the Official Gazette of the Tunisian Republic.
- National and international media to ask questions related to transitional justice in the debates between the candidates as well as in television dialogues and highlighting this file, which inevitably leads to the non-repetition of the horrors of the painful past and to a comprehensive and sustainable national reconciliation.
- Voters and all supporters of the revolution of freedom and dignity to urge candidates to abide by the high principles and objectives of transitional justice.
- Campaign monitoring organizations follow up the candidates’ positions on the transitional justice file.
We also call on all activists and the general public to exercise their right to accountability, monitoring and follow-up and to promote effective and capable participation of the public in their political system.
Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights
Association of Tunisian Judges
Tunisian Organization Against Torture
International Association for the Support of Political Prisoners
Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Freedoms
Association of the families of the martyrs and the wounded of the revolution, loyal
Justice and Rehabilitation Society
Insaf Military Veterans Association
Independent National Coordination for Transitional Justice
Tunisian Network for Transitional Justice
Tunisian Alliance for Dignity and Rehabilitation
Lawyers Without Borders
World Organization Against Torture
Martyr Liberty Organization Nabil Barakati
International Center for Transitional Justice
Human Rights Watch
Center for Supporting Democratic Transformation and Human Rights
No peace without justice
مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)