Tunisia’s Economic Reconciliation Law Could Derail Transitional Justice

Tunisian demonstrators holding banners that read: "Our Nation Needs Judgement," chant slogans to protest a law offering amnesty for those accused of corruption, Tunis, Tunisia, Sept. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Riadh Dridi).
Tunisian demonstrators holding banners that read: "Our Nation Needs Judgement," chant slogans to protest a law offering amnesty for those accused of corruption, Tunis, Tunisia, Sept. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Riadh Dridi).
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On Saturday, Tunisians flocked to Avenue Habib Bourguiba, in Tunis, to protest a draft law on “economic reconciliation,” which parliament approved in July. The initiative—strongly backed by President Beji Caid Essebsi’s Nidaa Tounes party—would freeze prosecutions of officials and businessmen from ousted President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s era who are being investigated for corruption, and create a special committee to which they would reveal their assets. Those funds would then, the government says, be injected into Tunisia’s flailing economy. Critics point to the evident impunity the law would grant to those guilty of corruption or embezzlement, further undermining Tunisia’s […]

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