Under President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime from 1987 to 2011, union members, human rights defenders, civil servants, journalists, and political activists in Tunisia were harassed, intimidated, detained, tortured, and subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment. Freedom of expression and assembly were under strict scrutiny. Oppressive security policies were implemented by the state to silence...
The Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission (Instance Vérité et Dignité) (2013-2019) was mandated to investigate human rights violations committed from 1955 to 2013. The mandate specifically tasked the commission with investigating human rights violations that targeted women, children, the elderly, those with special needs and other vulnerable groups.
Amine Ghali is the Director of Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM). KADEM is working on issues of democracy, reform and transition in the Arab region. Currently, Ghali focuses his contribution on the democratic transition process in Tunisia, especially on political reform, elections and transitional justice issues.
Sihem Bensedrine has been the Head of Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) since 2014. The IVD is tasked with exposing decades of human rights abuses from 1955 to the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.