Tunisia - OPCAT Situation
Tunisia acceded to the OPCAT in 2011 and discussions on the establishment of a NPM started straight away. A drafting committee was established with the aim of presenting a NPM proposal to the relevant ministries. A consensus emerged to establish a new specialised institution to perform the functions of NPM: the National Body to Prevent Torture (Instance Nationale de la Prévention de la Torture).
The proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Justice in August 2012 and was introduced to the Parliament in November 2012 for its consideration. As of May 2013, it is currently being examined by three different parliamentary commissions.
The SPT member Hanss-Jorg V. Bannvart is the SPT Focal Point for Tunisia.