Tunisia launches Truth and Dignity CommissionListen /
The launch of Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission on Monday has been welcomed as a "step forward" by the United Nations.
The Commission was set up to investigate gross human rights violations that were committed by the state or those people acting for the state.
It will consider cases dating back to 1955. Its mandate is for an initial period of four years.
Rupert Colville is the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"We have been closely involved in the establishment of the Truth and Dignity Commission. It is a very welcome step forward in addressing the human rights violations of the past, establishing the truth and providing accountability, recognition and reparations to the victims." (13″)
Desmond Tutu, the Chairperson of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission is addressing the launch event via video-link. The heads of several other similar commissions from Poland, Morocco, Peru, Guatemala and Kenya are also participating to share experiences from their countries.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.