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UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture visits Tunisia   

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News briefing 

Translated and edited by: Committee for Justice 

Geneva 27 March 2022 

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) is planning to visit Tunisia from 27 March to 2 April 2022, to assess the country’s implementation of the recommendations made during its previous visit. 

“Tunisia was the first country in North Africa to establish a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), which the SPT has been supporting since its inception. We are pleased to return to meet with members of the NPM to see the progress of their work and advise on how to make improvements,” said Abdallah Ounnir, Chair of the four-member delegation.  

“We will also meet with government authorities to discuss prevention policies and visit places of deprivation of liberty, which we did not do during our first visit,” he added. 

During its upcoming visit, the delegation of the Subcommittee will hold meetings with other entities; Including judges, prosecutors and representatives of civil society. After the visit, the subcommittee will share its report with the authorities, and the report will remain confidential unless Tunisia decides to publish it, according to the media center of the Human Rights Council. 

The Subcommittee visited Tunisia for the first time in 2016, when the NPM began its work, and urged the State party to provide sufficient resources for the NPM to fully perform its function. The Subcommittee was scheduled to visit Tunisia in 2020, but the trip was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. 

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