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Human rights report traces Tunisia's bloody past, demands plan for justice

Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission has given the government one year to develop an action plan to create a truly just and free democratic state.
Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed attends a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi - RC19382FF620

After six years of investigations into human rights violations dating back to 1955, Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (known by its French initials, IVD) finally published its report March 26, marking the first real step forward in Tunisia’s process of transitional justice. The responsibility now falls on the government to ensure these atrocities are never repeated. However, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has so far refused to acknowledge receipt of the report.

Human Rights Minister Fadhel Mahfoudh, who is close to Chahed, told Al-Monitor that Chahed is simply “waiting for the complete delivery of the report as well as all related files and archives.”

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