First NPM in the MENA region

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, which functions as a transitory parliament, adopted on 9th of October 2013 the law to establish a National Authority for the Prevention of Torture, mandated to visit all places of deprivation of liberty to prevent torture and ill-treatment.

Tunisia will thereby implement the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), ratified shortly after the ousting of former President Ben Ali and is the first State in North Africa and the Middle East to create a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).

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. More information on the process is available on APT’s OPCAT Database.

Read a joint statement by APT and 15 other national and international NGOs on the NPM law (in French and Arabic).