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Public hearings of the Truth and Dignity Commission: Tunisia prepares for a “historical moment”

Just over two years after its creation, the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) is organizing today the first public hearings of victims of the former regime this week. Neither more nor less than a “historic moment” for the commission chairwoman, Sihem Ben Sedrine. A historical moment More speaking than the figures presented in the commission

Success stories with our project participants : Zouhair Labyath

Zouhair is one of our participants from Bhar Lazreg, a marginalized neighborhood on the outskirts of the luxurious region of Gammarth north of Tunis. During his teens, he didn’t give much importance to pursuing his high school education spending most of his time in the cafés of his neighborhood. Zouhair was never approached, prior to

Tunisia holds first judicial elections

  Tunisia “is experiencing today (October 24, 2016) a milestone in the history of Tunisia”, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said yesterday after the country held its first High Judicial Council elections. This new stage in the constitutional institution “is likely to contribute to the consecration of the foundations of the independence of the judiciary which

Tunisian coalition party fights for women’s rights with gender violence bill

  Tunisian coalition party fights for women’s rights with gender violence bill After 14 years of sexual harassment at work, Idihar Chaieb finally got her day in court. The widow had been repeatedly propositioned and groped by her boss, who was also a local official in her home town of Menzel Bouzelfa, an hour’s drive

The Role of Public Policy Research Institutions in Policymaking in Tunisia

Co-Authors: Intissar Kherigi, Programmes Director, Jasmine Foundation for Research Dr. Khalil Amiri, Vice-President, Arab Governance Institute, Tunisia Abstract: Policymaking in Tunisia has traditionally been a closed process under the tight control of central government. Following the 2011 revolution, the policymaking space is opening up, with greater input by representative institutions, civil society and the public.

Policy Paper: How to Make Local Government in Tunisia More Accountable

How to Make Local Government in Tunisia more Accountable Participatory Democracy and Open Governance in the new Tunisian Constitution Intissar Kherigi, Jasmine Foundation    Article 139: “Local authorities shall adopt the mechanisms of participatory democracy and the principles of open governance to ensure broader participation by citizens and civil society in the preparation of development

A Quick Guide to the ‎ Supplementary Budget Bill 2015 ‎

Jasmine foundation – Yesterday, 4 August, saw Prime Minister Habib Essid present the Supplementary Budget bill for 2015 to the Assembly of People’s Representatives for adoption. The head of government emphasized that the bill aims to address the “exceptional conditions” Tunisia is going through. The measures are primarily intended to guarantee the stability of public finances,

JF Briefing July 2015

[divider] Domestic News [divider] Tunisia adopts new Counter-Terrorism Law After a marathon three-day discussion, the Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a new Law to Combat Terrorism and Money Laundering, with 174 deputies voting for, 10 abstaining and 0 against. The new law replaces the Terrorism Law 2003 passed under the Ben Ali regime. The new law was

Decentralization: How can we make Local Governments Accountable?

Friday, June 12th, 2015 at Ramada Plaza – Gammarth Intissar Kherigi, Programmes Director at Jasmine Foundation As part of Jasmine Foundation’s third annual conference on « Participatory Governance in the Context of Democratic Transition in Tunisia: Roles and Tools », I organized a roundtable entitled « Decentralization: Accountability of local governments » on Friday, June 12th, 2015 at Ramada