Tunisian Institutional Reform organized a training session on Human Rights and Law Enforcement in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Tunisia. Sixteen participants from civil society, academia, and the security agents sector attended the training. The goal of the training was to build the participants’ knowledge about security sector reform and improve the relationship between civil society and the security sector.

During this training the participants discussed the theoretical framework of human rights and international law, and its application in law enforcement. In order to increase the understanding of the relationship between citizens and security officers, the participants examined the police’s role under both democratic and autocratic governments. They also discussed how they can effectively contribute to development of the security sector through simple and practical steps. As noted by the training facilitator, Ms Mariem Meddeb, security is an integral part of the lives of the citizens, and Tunisians should contribute to reforming the security system.

During the training the participants learned about the three main areas of reform: structural reform, legislative reform, and reform of educational institutions for the security sector, and learned to identify the different stages of democratic transition.

During this training the participants learned to apply human rights concepts and standards and how to effectively promote security sector reform as citizens and civil society.

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