Tunisia adopts compensation law for Ben Ali victims
TUNIS // Tunisia’s parliament yesterday adopted a “transitional justice” law designed to compensate victims of the former regimes of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Habib Bourguiba, official media said.
The law was rushed through parliament after repeated delays as the ruling Ennahda party and the opposition accused each other of trying to exploit the issue for political gain.
It stipulates the creation of an independent “truth and dignity body” tasked with identifying and compensating victims of abuse under the regimes of Mr Ben Ali, who was ousted in the 2011 uprising, and founding president, Mr Bourguiba.
It also proposes to identify and bring to trial those responsible.
The bill covers “any blatant or methodical aggression perpetrated in the violation of human rights by agencies of the state, or by groups or individuals acting in its name or under its protection”.
Crimes covered include voluntary homicide, rape, extrajudicial killings and torture, as well as economic crimes such as misappropriating public funds and financial corruption.
The transitional justice system should also lead to a reform of the laws and institutions that allowed such violations, and strengthen the rule of law.
* Agence France-Presse
Updated: December 15, 2013 04:00 AM