Emotional scenes as Tunisian dictatorship victims testify

Mothers of torture victims under Tunisia's authoritarian rulers carry their sons' portraits at a hearing of The Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) in TunisVictims of Tunisia’s authoritarian rulers gave emotional testimony, recounting horrific stories of torture and rape and moving many to tears on the second day of public hearings. In a rare move for the Arab world, the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) is trying to deal with decades of abuse under successive dictatorships in an attempt to get Tunisians to confront the demons of their past, as well as to provide justice to those who endured the worst. The hearings, which come nearly six years after the Arab Spring began with the Tunisian revolution, are being screened live on television.

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