Tip: Transitional Justice in Tunisia

An excellent look at the transitional justice dimension of the Tunisian revolution, by the folks at Nawaat [Fr].

Of particular interest is the rationale behind the uneasy foundations on which transitional justice might be built.

Boujneh indicates four key ones:

  1. The revolution was unexpected and therefore there was no clear and consistent procedures to achieve the goals;
  2. The lack of legitimacy of the government put in place immediately after the departure of Ben Ali, sit-ins (Kasbah Kasbah 1 and 2), which led to two successive governments, followed by policy decisions driven by an attempt to counter strong opposition.
  3. Lack of awareness of the value of transitional justice, or its use; we found that many people do not really understand the effectiveness of transitional justice and its value and benefits;
  4. Fear of transitional justice: many parties have expressed concern, a concern that is due to the belief that transitional justice is a threat to the ordinary courts. [original article in French, here]

The article is the second in a series on transitional justice in the region, following part one, An Assessment of Transitional Justice: The Concept (Bilan de la justice transitionnelle: Le concept) and preceding part three, Challenges (Les difficultés à affranchir).

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This entry was posted on February 19, 2013 by in Maghreb, Politics, Tunisia and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
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