Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation, Workshop II

Mena Transitional Justice Academy II

Workshop II (Tunisia 10-14 June 2019)

Within the context of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR), and in collaboration with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC), Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center organized a second training workshop as part of the Transitional Justice Academy II.This latter was conducted in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC), Policy Group Public International Law (PILPG) and Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG)on 10-14 June 2019 in Tunisia.

The training was attended by a group of participantsfrom Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, coming from different countries whether in conflict or in post conflict stage. During the workshop they conducted a series of presentationsabout their studies on Transitional Justice. There was an emphasis put on the importance of engaging civil society in supporting justice and accountability processes within the context of TJ and the importance of institutional reform in the period of democratic transition.

This training workshopwas an opportunity to study the Tunisian experience through presentations held by figures who participated in the course of Transitional Justice in Tunisia. As part of the training, field visitswere organized to the TDC, the Truth and Dignity Commission head office. The TDC is an independent state body mandated by the 2013 Law on Transitional Justice following the Tunisian revolution. During the visit, the group met with Ms. Sihem Ben Sedrine,former president of the Commission (TDC) anda Human Rights activist.Tunisia’s truth commissionwas the only national truth commission born of the Arab uprisings, and only the second in the Middle East and North Africa. It was set upto investigate gross human rights violations and abuses committed by the ex-regime, and to provide reparation and rehabilitation to victims.In addition to this, the team conducted a visitto the Coalition for Transitional Justice(it is a group of 22 national and international associations and NGOs as Lawyers without Borders (ASF), Al Bawsala (meaning compass), the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) and other NGOs). They met with a number of activists who presented their work in the context of Transitional Justice process.