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Tunisia - OPCAT Situation

Updated 29.05.2016

Tunisia acceded to the OPCAT in June 2011 and, after several discussions, a consensus emerged to establish a new specialised institution to perform the functions of NPM: the National Authority for the Prevention of Torture (Instance Nationale de la Prévention de la Torture). The Organic Law N° 2013-43 establishing the NPM was published in the Official Gazette of Tunisia in October 2013. The plenary of the National Constituent Assembly voted a series of amendments proposed by members of the parliament, including increasing the length of the mandate to 7 years.

The draft law has been negotiated in a participatory process involving experts from civil society and the public administration and drawing on international best practices.Tunisia is the first State in North Africa and the Middle East to create a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).

In November 2013, the transitory parliament of Tunisia launched a first public call for candidates for membership in the NPM. However, due to lack of applications, the call for candidates was renewed several times throughout 2014 and 2015. In March 2016, the 16 members of the NPM were selected  by the House of People’s Representatives.

The SPT carried out an NPM advisory visit to Tunisia from 12 to 14 April 2016. The SPT report has not been sent to the Tunisia authorities yet.

The SPT member Hans-Jörg Bannwart is the SPT Focal Point for Tunisia.


Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification June 29, 2011
OPCAT Ratification comment

(OPCAT Ratification Law)

UNCAT Ratification September 23, 1988
SPT Member Ms Radhia Nasraoui (2015-2018)
NPM Designated

National Authority for the Prevention of Torture


NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Organic Law N° 2013-43 (23 October 2013) - French version and Arabic version 


Population 10 486 339
Area (sq km) 163 610
Number of prisons 36
Prison population 26 000
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Cambodia (31 October 2013)

SPT: NPM Advisory Visit (12-14 April) - Press release

UPR: Report of the Working Group (July 2012)

CAT: Concluding Observations (November 1998) and Report of Tunisia (to be examined in November 2011)

HRC: Concluding Observations (April 2008)

SR on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights: Report (January 2010)

SRT: Visit (May 2010) - see press release