CARTHAGE (TAP) – President Beji Caid Essebsi, Friday, stressed the need to anchor liberties, human rights and independence of the judiciary.

« Tunisia should break with practices that violate the principles of the Constitution, » the Head of State also said at his meeting at the Palace of Carthage with a delegation of the Tunisian Association Against Torture.

According to a Presidency press release, Caid Essebsi also pledged « to spare no effort to intervene in this area under the provisions of the Constitution, » stressing the importance of « completing the stage of building democracy. »

Speaking after the meeting, President of the Tunisian Association Against Torture Radhia Nasraoui said focus was placed on the slowness of the judiciary in addressing torture cases.

The association calls for the abolition of capital punishment and the possibility of making May 8 of each year a national day against torture.

On May 8, 1987, leftist activist Nabil Barakati was tortured to death in a police station in Gaafour, Governorate of Siliana.

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