Zine el Abidine ben Ali

Tunisian autocracy's abuses bared by truth commission

Tunisians who faced abuses under decades of authoritarian rule aired their grievances in a first public hearing Thursday before a special commission seeking to reconcile lingering tensions after a democratic revolution.

More than 62,000 complaints have been filed to the Truth and Dignity Commission since its creation in 2013, and 11,000 hearings have been held behind closed doors. But the two days of public hearings, held in the Tunis suburb of Sidi Bou Said, were the first allowing Tunisians to bear witness to the complaints.

Complaints reportedly include police torture, corruption and killings. The commission hopes to expose the truth and end impunity. Those considered...