“Decriminalizing and declassifying petty offences in Tunisian legislation” Seminar Report

The seminar of experts is one of several activities organized by the Organization Against Torture in Tunisia as part of the pan-African campaign “Poverty is not a crime.” This seminar was held in a hotel in Hammamet on March 20 and 21, 2021. The general objective of this conference is to raise awareness among Tunisia’s civil society and judicial authorities about the importance of implementing alternative penalties for petty offences rather than repressive ones. The specific objectives are: first, to identify the petty offences and alternative penalties that currently exist in Tunisian laws and and legislation. Second, to draw the attention to the connection between poverty, social and economic policies with the rise of crime and offences. Third, to come up with recommendations to advocate for the reform of penal Code and laws criminalizing petty offences. Thirty-one participants attended this conference. Among them judges, magistrates, lawyers, representatives of civil society, psychologists, sociologists, and economists.

Year: 2021
Resource Type:
Petty Offences
Alternatives to Criminalisation
People Groups:
People experiencing Poverty
Capacity Building
Policy Reform
Campaign Partner:
Organisation Contre la Torture en Tunisie