IIJ visits Tunisia to meet with senior officials in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Interior, and Justice, and the National Counter-Terrorism Commission

Mar 04 2019
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On 4-6 March 2019, the IIJ Executive Secretary Thomas Wuchte visited Tunisia to meet with senior officials in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Interior, and Justice, and the National Counter-Terrorism Commission.  The visit was kindly facilitated by Mr. Riadh Ben Sliman, Director of Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who also serves as Tunisia’s representative on the IIJ Governing Board of Administrators. 

This important visit to Tunis not only further deepened and strengthened ties between the IIJ and Tunisia, but progressed projects underway, and helped identify exciting new areas of mutual priority to shape future collaboration.

The IIJ met with Mr. Taoufik Chebbi, Director of the United Nations Office of Multilateral Cooperation and Global Issues within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and separately with Mr. Mokhtar Ben Nasr, President of the National Counter-Terrorism Commission, to discuss collaboration on future national and regional capacity building opportunities.  At the Ministry of Interior, the IIJ met with Mr. Thameur Laaouini, Director of External Security, and Mr. Sami Nasser, Director of the Ministry of Interior’s training facility in Manouba, as well as Mr. Nizar Gmati, the head of the National Unit for the Investigation of Terrorist Crimes, with whom the IIJ discussed possible future collaboration on electronic evidence and cyber investigations.

The IIJ was also pleased to meet with Mr. Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, Tunisia’s Minister of Human Rights and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, to discuss the IIJ’s mission to address terrorism and related criminal activity within a rule of law framework, as well as Mr. Slim El Madini, Chief of Cabinet at the Ministry of Justice, to discuss strengthening collaboration between the IIJ and Justice policy-makers and practitioners.

In addition, the IIJ met with some international partners based in Tunis, including the European Union-sponsored CT MENA project and the French-led CIVIPOL representatives, to discuss cooperation on initiatives within Tunisia and the broader region, and to promote de-confliction and dovetailing of current and future projects.