Strengthening Respect for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Sectors in Tunisia, with a focus on the Police and the Judiciary

Project Status: Ongoing
Project Duration: 16/04/2013 - 31/07/2016
Total Budget: US$ 1,872,539
Donor: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), United States of America, Turkey 


Ministry of InteriorMinistry of Justice; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; UNDP; Institut Superieur de la Magistrature; General Directorate of Prisons and Reintegration; Centre of Legal and Judiciary Studies

Target Groups

Internal Security Forces (ISF) Officers, Criminal investigation Professionals, Members of the Judiciary, Users of the Criminal Justice System, including Suspects and Victims, the Constituent Assembly, Magistrates Training Institute's (MTI) and the Tunisian Public.

Outline and Objectives

The Jasmine Revolution highlighted the need to overhaul the state security apparatus and institute comprehensive reform within the criminal justice sector to bring it in line with United Nations norms and standards. Since the Revolution, the Government of Tunisia has made positive progress and there is considerable political will as well as positive momentum to implement police and judicial reform. Implementing such projects promotes the rule of law and enshrines respect for human rights. Therefore, the UN and other development partners support the Government in its efforts to enhance justice and integrity while respecting national ownership of the reform process. UNODC is uniquely placed to support the Government in Tunisia to build effective law enforcement capacities and a criminal justice system that is fully embedded in human rights and the rule of law.

The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of the Tunisian Government to instigate police reform and promote judicial capacity and integrity, in line with international legal instruments and UN standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice. This is to be achieved through:

  • identification of the Internal Security Forces' (ISF) needs, and improvement of data collection in the field of crime statistics,
  • building capacity for judges, magistrates and public prosecutors to undertake judicial reform.