Relatives, torture victims give first public testimony to Tunisia truth commission

By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian television broadcast testimony from victims of decades of authoritarian rule on Thursday, a first chance for the public to see the workings of a Truth and Dignity Commission intended to help cement democracy after the Arab Spring revolution of 2011. Among the first to testify in a highly charged live session were mothers of protesters slain during the uprising, and victims of police brutality under the regime of ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The commission is investigating crimes and abuses dating back to 1955, a year before Tunisia gained independence from France, in an effort to come to terms with its past.

Related Posts

  • Tunisia marks 1st anniversary of Arab Spring14 January, 2012 Tunisia marks 1st anniversary of Arab Spring Tunisia is marking the one-year anniversary of the revolution that ended the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked uprisings around the Arab world with prudent optimism.
  • Tunis streets thronged for revolution anniversary14 January, 2016 Tunis streets thronged for revolution anniversary Thousands gathered in the Tunisian capital Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of the overthrow of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the uprising that inspired the Arab Spring. Tunisians thronged Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the main thoroughf...
  • Five years after Arab Spring, hopes dashed for change12 January, 2016 Five years after Arab Spring, hopes dashed for change On January 14, 2011, Tunisians packed the streets of their capital and shocked the world by overthrowing longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The revolution shook the Middle East, setting off the hopeful uprisings that came to be known as the Arab Spring. The democracy fever […]
  • Tunisia lifts emergency rule in force since 2011 uprising6 March, 2014 Tunisia lifts emergency rule in force since 2011 uprising Tunisia's president has lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, his office said Thursday, despite a string of recent jihadist attacks. The country has been rocked by sporadic violence since the January 2011 revolution, […]
  • Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia’s first free presidential vote22 December, 2014 Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia’s first free presidential vote By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Essebsi, a former […]

Leave a Reply

Read the original at Middle East News Headlines - Yahoo! News.