The National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia has adopted a law to set up a national body to prevent torture in what is seen as significant step forward towards eradicating torture in the North African nation.
The new mechanism, named the National Body to Prevent Torture, will be independent and have broad jurisdiction, including the power to visit all places of detention.
Notably, Tunisia has now become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to create such a preventive mechanism.
In June 2011, the North African nation’s parliament had ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, which provides for the creation of such a preventive mechanism against torture in each State Party.
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said “the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the biggest UN committee and the only one with a visiting mandate, will provide assistance and advice to that newly-established body.”
Source: RTT News, Oct. 11, 2013, http://www.rttnews.com/2201718/tunisia-to-set-up-national-anti-torture-agency.aspx?type=gn&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap