Tunisia has approved the law against human trafficking: after long work, the Parliament passed the bill 29/2015 with 127 votes in favor. It is a law that “protects human rights and dignity,” Tunisian Minister of Justice Omar Mansour said immediately after the vote, stressing the Tunisia’s concern to apply the laws and international conventions ratified in the field of the respect and protection of human rights.
The law contains also some articles that severely punish those guilty of the crimes of human trafficking and exploitation with 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 euros. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is especially pleased with the adoption of this law: In a statement, IOM announced that it represents a milestone for Tunisia, the term of an important political and corporate process in the country’s humanist and anti-slavery tradition (the first country in the world to have abolished slavery in 1846), which builds on the achievements of the 2014 Constitution.
The law in question consists of 66 articles and answers the requirements of the international standards signed by Tunisia, especially the Palermo Protocol on human trafficking (2003).