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Sihem Bensedrine, president of Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission (Flickr/Deutsche Welle/K. Danetzki)
28 January 2015 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Since opening its doors last month, the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) has received scores of people every day. Ready to file complaints, they come from all over the country, passing through the headquarters’ entrance, flanked by “Be welcome!” flags in the Montplaisir business district of Tunis. 

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23 May 2012

Summary and link to PDF of IJT 152.

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11 June 2014 by IJT

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. 

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25 June 2014 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

A well-known human rights activist, Sihem Ben Sedrine, 64, has been appointed president of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia. She received 11 of the possible 15 votes from the other commissioners, themselves nominated a week before [IJT-161]. She is one of the few women to preside over a truth commission. 

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09 July 2014 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Post the Arab Spring, Tunisia stands alone in the Middle East in its commitment to transitional justice. Just three years into the revolution, it created a Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) on 9 June, whose 15 members have a maximum of five years to document human rights violations committed from July 1955 to December 2013. But, already under pressure over allegations of political bias, the IVD will experience no honeymoon period.

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11 June 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 161.

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09 July 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 163.

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25 June 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 162.

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17 December 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 172.

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17 December 2014 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TCD) began its work on Monday, opening two weeks later than originally planned. The commission will have a maximum of five years to undertake the painstaking research work needed to document economic abuses and human rights violations allegedly committed by the state from July 1955 through December 2013 [IJT-163]. Plaintiffs are expected to lodge complaints up until 14 December 2015, in the form of written and in-person testimonies, and the TCD will be able to access government archives.

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