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 Duration: 16/04/2013 - 31/12/2018

Total Budget: US$ 1,937,224

Donors: United States of America, Turkey 


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

Outline and Objectives

The objective 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 would be achieved through:

  • Identifying ISF needs and improving data collection in the field of crime statistics
  • Building capacity of judges, magistrates and public prosecutors to undertake judicial reform

Target Groups

Internal security forces officers (ISF); 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); Tunisian public

Key Achievements  

  • ISF needs regarding future reforms identified and consultation with the Ministry of Interior to that effect undertaken
  • Crime data collection and analysis process improved across ISF
  • Support to update criminal investigation methods provided through train-the-trainers programmes and workshops for ISF personnel and trainers 
  • Management of criminal records assessed and recommendations for improvement produced
  • Cooperation programme on ISF and criminal justice actors capacity building developed based on technical assessments and multi-disciplinary expert missions in areas of strategic programmatic importance
  • Legislation on the status of magistrates and the law on the high Judicial Council revised and a code of conduct for the Magistracy drafted and disseminated
  • Criminal legislation pertaining to pre-trial detention revised, with special attention to compliance with international standards and norms
  • Capacities of the judiciary's oversight of investigations assessed
  • Support to the development of an integrity and ethics control and prevention strategy within the judicial institutions provided
  • MTI training curriculum and methodology developed and tested
  • Capacities of judicial authorities and the Ministry of Justice strengthened to deliver training sessions to prosecutors and judges specialized in financial or economic investigations
  • Requirements and costs for the modernization of the Tunisian forensic equipment and capacities assessed, with special attention to compliance with international standards and norms