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UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on official visit to Tunisia

Published the:  23/05/2011

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May 23, 2011  -TAP - United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Martin Scheinin is paying an official visit to Tunisia on May 22-26  "to assess the progress achieved by the country in implementing the recommendations made after his previous mission in January 2010", reports Monday the UN Centre in Tunisia.
“During my second visit to Tunisia I will seek to provide assistance in the reforms embarked upon by the country, specifically in relation to the revision of the 2003 Anti-terrorism law and eradication of practices of torture and arbitrary or secret detention in the name of countering terrorism”, said the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
The UN expert will meet with Interim Government officials and civil society activists as well as with delegates of the National Fact-Finding Commission on Abuse, the High Authority for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Democratic Transition and the Higher Committee of Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties.
During his five-day mission, Mr. Martin Scheinin is also expected to visit prisons. His visit follows the one paid last May 15-22 by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez.