[archives] ASF in Tunisia

ASF’s previous projects in Tunisia

For transparent and legitimate transitional justice

  • Objective: strengthen the democratic transition and rule of law in Tunisia by supporting the effective, transparent and legitimate functioning of transitional justice mechanisms.
  • Activities: Awareness-raising, judicial assistance, training of lawyers, monitoring progress on transitional justice
  • Partners: Organisation Contre la Torture en Tunisie (OCTT, or Tunisian Organisation Against Torture), Forum Tunisien des droits économiques et sociaux (FTDES, Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights).
  • Budget: €200,782
  • Funding: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Duration: 26 months (April 2016 > May 2018)

GesRNa: Empowering civil society to participate to local governance regarding the management of natural resources with respect for human rights

  • Objective: support the involvement and constructive participation of civil society actors in the local planning of development and territorial development projects, and implement constitutional and local governance principles in natural resources management.
  • Activities:
    – Capacity building for local civil society organisations (data collection, building strategic litigation cases, social, economic, environmental and transparency issues related to natural resources management…).
    – Awareness campaigns for civil society, local authorities, school kids and students.
    – Creation and animation of an interactive website on natural resources management.
    – Study and advocacy reports on the exploitation of natural resources.
    – Implementation of dialogue interfaces between local authorities and citizens.
  • Partner: I-Watch
  • Budget: €507,873
  • Funding: European Union, Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Duration: 34 months (from September 2015 to June 2018)

Adela: Improving access to high-quality justice in Tunisia

  • Objective: contribute to strengthening the rule of law in Tunisia by promoting the reform of the justice system and by building citizens’ trust in the judicial system. More specifically, the objective of the project is to improve access to justice for people in vulnerable situations in the Greater Tunis, Gafsa, Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid regions, and to contribute to the institutional reforms of the justice system by promoting dialogue between civil society and political decision-makers.
  • Activities:
    • Awareness-raising, free legal consultations and judicial assistance.
    • Strengthening the capacities of partner civil society organisations, CDIS and social assistance units, and of partner lawyers.
    • Advocacy and networking, inclusing organisation of the Access to Justice Forum.
  • Partner: Action Associative
  • Budget: €701,995
  • Funding: Delegation of the European Union to Tunisia – European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) & United Nations Development Programme
  • Duration: 3 years (October 2015 > October 2018)

Breaking the taboo (Kachef al Maskout Anhou): Fighting against human trafficking in Tunisia

  • Objective: strenghten the Tunisian civil society in the fight against human trafficking.
  • Activities:
    • Capacity building for the staff of the listening centres, on comprehensive victims’ support (active listening, legal, administrative, medical and psychological aspects)
    • Creation of a network of listening centres
    • Public awareness campaigns
    • Publication of advocacy reports, based on field surveys and data collection
    • Organisation of a parliamentary forum on the state of human trafficking in Tunisia
  • Partners: Forum Tunisien des droits économiques et sociaux (FTDES, Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights), NOVACT
  • Budget:$ 532.068
  • Funding: European Union
  • Duration: 2 years (January 2016 > December 2018)

Protecting the rights of pre-charge detainees in Tunisia

  • Objective: improve the implementation of the new reform to the Code of Criminal Procedure in three Tunisian governorates, through a better access to justice for people in police custody, more public awareness on the issue of rights in police custody and strengthened capacities of key actors in this stage of procedure (lawyers, judges and state police officers).
  • Activities:
    • Establishment of a coordination framework to bring together local stakeholders.
    • Conception, testing and evaluation of an information sharing system.
    • Raising public awareness rights while in police custody.
    • Sensitisation of public officers to inform suspects of their rights during custody
  • Partner: Tunisian Bar Association (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie, ONAT).
  • Budget: $828,025
  • Funding: International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), US State Department
  • Duration: 2 years (December 2016 > December 2018)

Promoting effective reforms of the Tunisian justice system

  • Objective: promoting effective reforms of the Tunisian justice system in accordance with constitutional principles, international standards, and human rights provisions.
  • Activities:
    • Data collection through judicial follow-up, trial observation, case law analysis and investigation.
    • Capacity building of the pool of lawyers-collectors.
    • Production of periodic analytical reports on violations of the right to a fair trial as a result of the observations.
    • Preparation of a progress report on the reform of the Justice Reform Action Plan.
    • Organisation of two workshops within the government working group for the reform of the judicial and penitentiary system.
    • Publication of 4 observational analyses of an iconic trial.
    • Organisation of 2 press conferences.
    • Audiovisual production of 4 emblematic cases of the judicial process of a “lambda” litigant.
  • Budget: $ 250,142
  • Funding: Open Society Foundations
  • Duration: 2 years (October 2017 > September 2019)

Security and human rights

  • Objective: contributing to the prevention of violent extremism by strengthening the rule of law and human rights respect within the framework of the Tunisian State’s security policy.
  • Activities:
    • Conducting and publishing a field study targeting at least 1000 young people from marginalized regions and neighborhoods, with the aim of highlighting the link between state violence and violent acting-out.
    • Generating and publishing a report on human rights violations resulting from the implementation of government security policies.
    • Holding a national congress bringing together policymakers and CS actors with a view to generating recommendations to adapt UNSGAP at the national level.
  • Partner: Forum tunisien pour les droits économiques et sociaux
  • Budget: € 200,534
  • Funding: Open Society Foundations
  • Duration: 2 years (November 2017 > November 2019)

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