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Abuse victims confront Tunisia's demons

President of the Truth and Dignity Forum Sihem Ben Sedrine gives a press conference in Tunis on November 14, 2016, to announce the start of the public hearing for the victims of Tunisia's 23-year long dictator Ben AliVictims of rape and torture under successive dictatorships started testifying on live television Thursday as Tunisia — in a rare move for the Arab world — tries to deal with decades of abuse. The Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) has tracked human rights violations committed between July 1955, a year before Tunisia gained its independence from France, and December 2013 when the fact-finding body was established. The testimonies started with Ourida Kadoussi, the mother of a protester shot by security forces in January 2011 during the uprising that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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