More than two years after the Tunisian revolution, families of those who died or were wounded during the struggle are still demanding justice for their loved ones.
Protests took place today in front of governorate offices in 14 different cities under the supervision of the National Association for the Defense of the Wounded and Martyrs of the Revolution.
Families and protesters expressed their distrust of military justice, which they say has failed to reveal who was responsible for injuring or killing their loved ones.
˜'My brother's case is still in the primary court and the killer got promoted after his crime,” said Samia Mhimdi, whose brother, a prison guard, was shot by an army officer January 15, 2011 in Bizerte. “So where is justice from all this? We haven't reached anywhere with these investigations.”
The association is demanding that the cases of those killed and wounded during the revolution be referred to a specialized judicial body including international observers. Members also want to prohibit all defendants from working in security forces and the military until they are proven innocent.
In addition, they are protesting for the creation of an official list of those wounded and killed during the revolution, as well as a Martyrs’ Association, which would fall under the supervision of the state.
Mhimdi said that she refused to accept financial compensation offered by the government and is only concerned that her brother’s killer is punished.
She added that the country is not providing adequate healthcare to the wounded; Mhimdi cited the case of a 23-year-old from her area who is paralyzed and is not receiving the appropriate medications from the government.
Mounira Arfaoui, who says her 16-year-old son was shot by the military in Mornaguia January 15, 2011, told Tunisia Live she only wants a fair trial for his death.
She said he left home and was heading to his aunt’s house around 1pm when he was shot and left in his own blood before later being taken to Charles Nicole Hospital. Arfaoui did not find him there until two days later.
“My son was shot and left there as a dog, and none of the army even cared to try to save him, she said.
There are 309 martyrs who died during the 2011 revolution, 3667 who were wounded, and they all deserve their rights and justice, according to Yamina Zoghlami, president of the Committee for Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution in the National Constituent Assembly.
The committee is working to keep track of the health files of the wounded and to enshrine financial compensation in law. But before people can claim compensation, an official list must be approved naming all martyrs and wounded of the revolution, she said.
Another committee under the auspices of the presidency is responsible for the list.
I’m still wondering why there has been all this delay more than two years after the revolution,” she said.