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2018-07-27

A study visit in Switzerland about the use of legal-forensic evidence in case of alleged torture and mistreatment

A study visit in Switzerland about the use of legal-forensic evidence in case of alleged torture and mistreatment

Geneva/Lausanne 23-27 July : A delegation of Tunisian magistrates, jurists and forensic doctors travelled to Switzerland as part of a project to strengthen the use of legal-forensic evidence in cases of alleged torture and mistreatment in Tunisia.

 

They attended Swiss universities’ forensic medicine centres and laboratories, the Swiss Federal Court, the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and ICRC legal experts. The visit sought to reinforce the expertise of  the delegates, all members of a DCAF-supported working group of Tunisian forensic doctors and jurists who were involved in drafting a medico-legal Guide on Forensics and the Rule of Law.

 

The guide, available in French and Arabic, was launched on 22 June 2018 during a ceremony organized by DCAF with the Ministries of Justice and of Health. The working group will continue to raise awareness of good practices in forensic medicine, and disseminate and promote the use of the guide in Tunisia and potentially, through DCAF’s support, in other North African and Middle Eastern countries.  

 

This project is funded through the DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). The Fund is financed by Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland. Further information on DCAF is available on the DCAF website or on the DCAF Tunisia website