ASF in Tunisia

  • Location: 1 central office in Tunis
  • Date of establishment: 2012
  • Team: 1 expatriate and 14 national collaborators
  • Contact:
  • The Facebook page of ASF in Tunisia
  • Financial report: 2012, 2013, 2014


Four years after the revolution, a long period of transition came to an end in Tunisia in December 2014, allowing the adoption of a new constitution, the establishment of a democratically-elected parliament and the election of a new president.

Tunisia must now give substance to its pledges, guarantee the principles set out in the constitution, and set to work on an important reform process, in particular in the justice and prison sectors. The working priorities include:

  • Alignment of legislative texts with international standards;
  • Improvement of the independence and impartiality of the justice system;
  • Improvement of access to justice and state legal aid;
  • Reform of the Criminal Procedure Code, Article 13 of which will guarantee the systematic presence of a lawyer during custody;
  • Enhancement and respect of civil liberties;
  • Respect of the right to defence and to a fair trial;
  • Realisation of the mechanisms put in place to deal with the past (Truth and Dignity Commission and specialised courts): this involves allowing victims to be rehabilitated and rendering justice for State crimes committed during the dictatorship and the revolution.

Other sectors and issues remain important for Tunisia: respect of freedoms, in particular the freedom of expression, the establishment of local participatory governance, respect of economic and social rights, the rights of migrants, management of natural resources and legal responsibility of companies, in particular foreign ones.

This is the backdrop against which ASF is currently working, in particular by setting up several projects in collaboration with Tunisian stakeholders (human rights NGOs and legal professionals): these projects involve assisting them in reforming the justice system, establishing mechanisms for transitional justice, ensuring respect of human rights and setting up accessible, high-quality legal aid services.

ASF projects in Tunisia

Support for civil society for the improvement of detention and reintegration conditions in Tunisia

  • Objective: support the involvement and participation of civil society in justice reform in order to guarantee fair trial, access to justice, better conditions of detention and reintegration for detainees.
  • Activities:
    • Financial support for CSOs to develop their action
    • Strengthening the capacities of CSOs with respect to technical matters, management and evaluation
    • Collecting and analysing data from grant projects to bring them to the attention of policy makers
  • Partner: Association Tunisienne de Lutte contre les MST et le SIDA
  • Budget: EUR 1,111,111
  • Funding: European Union
  • Duration: 3 years (June 2018 > June 2021)

Promoting a human rights-based model of development

  • Objective: To contribute to the defence and the promotion of economic and social rights in Tunisia
  • Activities:
    • Strengthening the admissibility of economic actors in regards to human rights and to the environment, in order to prevent conflicts and enable the enjoyment economic and social rights
    • Support and promote economic alternatives with high social, economic and societal impact

Supporting Tunisian LGBTQI persons in the Fight for their Rights

  • Objective: Contribute to the fight against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by sexual minorities in Tunisia.
  • Activities:
    • Facilitating the LGBTQI community’s access to legal aid services adapted to their needs
    • Structuring and equipping civil society organizations to jointly advocate for Individual Liberties
    • Influencing public policies through a better social acceptance of homosexuality and advocacy actions
  • Partners:
  • Budget: USD 500 000
  • Funding: US Department of State – Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  • Duration: 24 months (December 2018 > December 2020)

Contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law in Tunisia by increasing citizens’ confidence in the judicial system

  • Objective: Improve access to justice for people in vulnerable situations and contribute to the reform of legal aid through promoting dialogue between civil society and the political decision-makers in the regions of Médenine, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa and Kasserine.
  • There are three dimentions to the project’s activities:
    • Organisation by lawyers of orientation sessions, judicial consultations and mediation within CDIS, DPS and CSOs
      • Free handling of legal aid cases of people in vulnerable situations and accompaniment to the BAJ
      • Development and distribution of awareness raising tools
    • Organisation of on-site training sessions
      • Peer capitalisation/RC workshops (CDIS/DPS/Lawyers in Adela and Médenine regions)
    • Carrying out of an inventory of the functioning of BAJs
  • Partner: The Ministry of Social Affairs: the General Directorate for Social Promotion
  • Budget: EUR 212,000
  • Funding: PNUD
  • Duration: 34 months (March 2019 > December 2021)

Promoting reforms of criminal justice system in Tunisia

  • Objectives:
    • document, analyze and disclose to the general public the violations suffered by Tunisian citizens in the criminal chain
    • engage and structure the dialogue with policy-makers and other justice actors to push for reforms
  • Activities:
    • Collection and publication of data through judicial monitoring, observation of trials, case-law analysis and legal aid
    • Design and development of an awareness campaign on CPC reform and on CC, including a short film about the use of art 125
    • Publication of a report on the failure of the reform of the law 52
    • Cycles of thematic workshops with legal professionals and others justice actors related to criminal chain issues
    • Organization of a Congress on Criminal chain reforms targeting new MPs and Ministry of Justice
  • Budget: USD 200 000
  • Funding: Open Society Foundations
  • Duration: 2 years (January 2020 > December 2021)

Contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law in Tunisia


Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is an NGO specialised in supporting access to justice, based in Brussels. ASF has no connection with the NGO “Avocats Sans Frontières” headed by Mr. Gilles-William Goldnadel in Paris. The public positions and statements of Mr. Goldnadel therefore do not in any way represent those of ASF.

“محامون بلا حدود ” منظمة يقع مقرها في بروكسيل و هي تعمل على تحقيق التنمية عبر دعم النفاذ إلى العدالة والسهر على تحقيقها.

“محامون بلا حدود” لا تمت بأي صلة وليست لها علاقة مع المنظمة الفرنسية “محامون بلا حدود” والتي يترأسها السيد جيل وليام غولدناديل. وعليه فإن المواقف المعلنة لهذا الشخص أو

لمنظمته لا تلزم بأي حال من الأحوال “محامون بلا حدود” ولا تعبر إلا عن ارائه الشخصية.

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