Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Human Rights Watch report on military courts in Tunisia

Human Rights Watch has just released a lengthy report titled Flawed Accountability: Shortcomings of Tunisia's Trials for Killings During the Uprising, on the use of military courts in that country. The related news release can be found here. HRW has made these recommendations to Tunisian authorities:
Redouble efforts to ensure that one of the main defendants in these trials, the former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, is extradited from Saudi Arabia to face justice.
Reform the penal code to include a provision on command responsibility under which civilian officials and security force commanders can be held liable for crimes committed by their subordinates.
Reform Tunisian legislation to restrict the mandate of military justice only to military crimes committed by military personnel and to exclude all cases in which either the defendant or the victim was a civilian.

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