The new body was responsible for monitoring allegations of torture and human rights violations in detention centers. A hearing for a September 2012 rape case involving three police officers was postponed until January 20, 2014 at the request of the prosecution.
The Tunisian Association of Democratic Women reported that this particular case had encouraged women to speak out more freely to denounce rape.
Overcrowding has persisted despite periodic amnesties over the past two years.
In fact, many prisons were well over capacity, due in part to 2011 prisoner uprisings, which damaged 14 prisons and led to transfers of large numbers of prisoners.
Protesters were demonstrating against the government’s decision not to allow a rally by Ansar-al-Sharia in Tunisia (AAS-T), a hard-line Salafist group.
On August 27, the government formally designated AAS-T a terrorist organization and began pursuing high-ranking members of its military wing, arresting its second in command, Mohamed Khiari, on September 9.: On September 13, then-prisons director Habib Sboui blamed “past mistakes” for the “catastrophic” state of the prison system.Prisons were understaffed and lacked adequate equipment to deal with the number of inmates.Although the law prohibits such practices, there were credible reports that security forces in some cases mistreated and tortured detainees.Multiple international organizations received first-hand accounts of harsh physical treatment of individuals for participation in demonstrations.The government also accused them of killing eight soldiers on July 29 in the Chaambi Mountain region.The army, police, and National Guard all suffered casualties in counterterrorism operations.According to MOI, violence occurred, but the proximate cause of death may have been a heart attack.The government accused Salafist extremists, including AAS-T, of involvement in the assassinations of two opposition political figures, Choukri Belaid on February 6 and Mohammed Brahmi on July 25.His mother reported seeing injuries to his head and extensive bruising when she viewed his body later that same day.An internal investigation concluded that Denguir had died of a drug overdose and that the injuries to his body stemmed from the autopsy.