Sixteen NGOs call for rectification of transitional justice process | Tunisia News Gazette

Sixteen NGOs call for rectification of transitional justice process

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) called on Monday to rectify the process of transitional justice in order to achieve the democratic transition and consecrate the rule of law.

These NGOs strongly condemned, in a statement, “the multiple attempts to bury the transitional justice process and turn a blind eye to the crimes and injustices committed during decades of political tyranny”.

Parliament voted last March 26, the non extension of the mandate of the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) in the presence of 70 deputies only during a plenary session marked by lively debates and exchanges of insults, recall the NGOs.

They said that these are “shameful attitudes that reflect not only the extent of political tension but also the existence of a moral crisis among some policies,” reads the same source.

In this context, the NGOs have warned against the lack of political will on the part of several parties, which, according to them, have seen the symbols of the old regime back in force.

This issue has become blatant through the introduction of a parallel transitional justice by promulgating the law on administrative reconciliation or through the prevention of IVD to have access to documents and archives, emphasised the NGOs.

This is a clear violation of the Constitution, which in its article 148 commits the State to apply the process of transitional justice in all areas.

The signatories of the declaration emphasised their commitment to reveal the truth and provide justice to victims, calling for speeding up the review of the composition of the IVD.

In this context, they urged the various political and civil forces to support the transitional justice system and to protect it against attempts to sabotage its objectives, including in the first place comprehensive national reconciliation.

Sixteen organisations signed the declaration, including the Euro-Mediterranean Organisation for Human Rights (Tunis office), the National Union of Tunisian Journalists, the Tunis Centre for Press Freedom, the Tunisian Organisation against Torture and the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights.

Source: TAP News Agency

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