Tunisia: a truth commission to deal with the past
Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) was officially launched on Monday, June 9. More than three years after the revolution that overthrew the former regime of president Ben Ali, the TDC’s mandate is immense.
In less than five years, the 15 commissioners will have to collect complaints over several periods starting in 1955, under the French protectorate, including the Habib Bourguiba – the father of independence – era, and covering the 23 years of the previous regime. As a non-judicial body, the TDC will have to recommend compensation for the victims and decide to transfer or not files to the national judicial system, where specialized chambers are being created in parallel.