4 April 2018: speaking at a press conference in Tunis on the presentation of Organisation Against Torture in Tunisia’s 2017 annual report, OCTT vice-president, Chokri Letaief drew attention to the situation of 77 people sentenced to death in Tunisian prisons. According to him, some of these detainees are subjected to solitary confinement and suffer psychological pressure, mistreatment and torture despite the improvement of their situation compared to the period before the revolution.
Chokri Letaief reiterated the call of the OCTT, which chairs the Tunisian National Coalition Against the Death Penalty, to abolish the death penalty, calling it a violation of the right to life. He called for the drafting of a law on a moratorium on executions of those sentenced to death, a sentence suspended in Tunisia since 1991.
President of the Organisation Against Torture in Tunisia, Radhia Nasraoui said that 5 cases of deaths from torture were recorded last year in detention centres and Tunisian prisons.
For his part, OCTT Secretary-General Mondher Cherni said that 79% of the complaints filed by the Organisation against the perpetrators of ill-treatment are still at the preliminary investigation stage.
According to the report of the OCTT, police stations are ranked at the top of the scene where attacks are committed (35%), followed by prisons (32%) and public places (24%). The police are ranked first among the authorities responsible for attacks (61%), prisons (33%) and the National Guard districts (6%).