The Police share responsibility for internal security with the National Guard, the Judicial Police (which operates in the Ministry of Justice and the courts but is controlled by the Ministry of Interior), the Intervention Forces (SWAT forces), and the Presidential Guard Forces (PGF). The police include both the regular police and the political police, they operate mostly in urban areas. The political police maintain the secret files and the Judicial Police, conduct investigations and prepare the report for the prosecution.
The High Consultative Council for Human Rights and Public Freedoms was established in 1991 and is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights. Judicial police oversight is not effective as the judiciary is subject to presidential interference. There have been calls for security sector reform with a particular focus on establishing oversight mechanisms for the for the Ministry’s related to the security sector.
- The United States Institute of Peace, Security Sector Reform in Tunisia A Year after the Jasmine Revolution, 2012, p 5 -7. Available at http://reliefweb.int/report/tunisia/security-sector-reform-tunisia-year-after-jasmine-revolution. <Accessed on 4 April 2016>.
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