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Shedding light on the violations of the past

Sihem Bensedrine

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2017
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XIX
Date: 21/09/2017

“Tunisia has chosen to treat its legacy of the past – all the violations of human rights over the sixty years of dictatorship that we knew – with a peaceful voice.”

Sihem Bensedrine is the President of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia. Sihem spoke about her experience, working to build peace in her country by shedding light to the violent acts of the past and assuring that there is no repetition.

Geneva Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 21, 2017.

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Sihem Bensedrine

Sihem is the head of the Tunisian Dignity and Truth Commission, tasked to investigate crimes committed under the country’s pre-revolutionary regimes. A high-profiled Tunisian journalist and human rights activist, she has been at the forefront of the fight for human rights in Tunisia, including freedom of speech and women’s rights. A graduate of philosophy of the University of Toulouse (France), she was among the founding members of the Tunisian Human Rights League, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 as part of the “National Dialogue Quartet”. In 2011, she received the Human Rights Watch “Alison de Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism”.