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Guide on forensic evidence of alleged torture or ill-treatment

21 October, 2018


Tunisia ratified the Convention against Torture and established a national commission for the prevention of torture. As part of the implementation of these international standards, it is also important to build the capacity of all key actors involved in the documentation and interpretation of forensic evidence in investigations of alleged torture. For this purpose, DCAF has supported the elaboration of a guide adapted to the needs of the experts concerned in Tunisia :  in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tunisia, a bilingual guide in Arabic and French was prepared by a group of Tunisian experts composed of five magistrates and five Tunisian Forensic doctors recognized in the field.
This guide includes:
-    a legal compendium with key references to international and national legal texts; 
-    a bilingual lexicon on medico-legal and legal terminology;
-    standardized documents to facilitate the handling of victims and the judicial inquiry;
-    a booklet on relevant international case law on medico-legal evidence.
The main objective of such a guide is to harmonize the terminologies used by the different medical and legal actors involved in the care of victims of ill-treatment and torture and thus to strengthen the protection of these people by ensuring the application of a standardized and transparent procedure.