Tunisia forms commission to compensate victims of Ben Ali

Published May 20th, 2014 - 05:53 GMT

Tunisia has formed a commission to investigate the abuses and compensate the victims of decades of dictatorship.

Three years after the ouster of the country’s dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) established a truth and justice commission on Monday to implement “transitional justice” and compensate the victims of decades-long dictatorship.

The 15-member body is made up of human rights activists, representatives of victims’ groups, and judges.

It is tasked with identifying and bringing to trial those responsible for abuses committed under the former regimes of Ben Ali and Habib Bourguiba.

The commission, elected with a majority of 71 votes, will also make efforts to reform the laws and institutions of the judiciary that allowed such abuses to happen.

Tunisia, the birthplace of pro-democracy protests across North Africa and the Middle East, has been struggling to move toward stability and democracy since the overthrow of Ben Ali in January 2011.

More than 300 people were killed and hundreds injured in the security forces' crackdown on popular protests that led to Ben Ali's ouster.

Tunisia's first freely-elected government was sworn in late 2011. The latest interim government was approved by the Tunisian parliament on January 29, 2014.

Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa’s caretaker government has been tasked with guiding Tunisia to elections for a new parliament and president later this year.

Jomaa is Tunisia’s fifth prime minister since the 2011 revolution.

The country faces a soaring unemployment rate and sluggish economic growth.

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