Protecting the rights of pre-charged detainees in Tunisia

  • Overall objective:
    • Contribute to the respect of human rights and the rule of law in Tunisia.
  • Specific objective:
    • Improve the implementation of the new reform to the Code of Criminal Procedure in three Tunisian governorates.
  • Activities:
    • Establishment of a coordination framework and a pilot committee to bring together representatives of ONAT, SMT, ISPA, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Justice.
    • Conception, testing and evaluation of a information sharing system, through a digital application allowing fluid communication between police stations, prosecutors and the ONAT’s section of Tunis.
    • Organisation of awareness campaigns to inform citizens of their rights during police custody.
    • Sensitization of public officers to inform suspects of their rights during custody.
    • Implementation of a training cycle, responding to the identified needs of lawyers, prosecutors and police.
  • Partners:
    • Tunisian Bar Association (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie, ONAT)
    • Other organisations involved in the project:
      • National Union of Judges (Syndicat des Magistrats Tunisien, or SMT), Training school for lawyers (Institut Supérieur de la profession d’Avocats, or ISPA) and Young Tunisian Lawyers Association (Association Tunisienne des Jeunes Avocats, or ATJA)
  • Duration: 5 years (December 2016 > December 2021)