Kamel Jendoubi

Kamel Jendoubi (Arabic: كمال الجندوبي; born 8 August 1952 in Tunis) is a Tunisian politician and human rights activist.

Kamel Jendoubi
Kamel Jendoubi Isie Tunisia, 2011.jpg
Kamel Jendoubi in a press conference
Minister responsible for public relations & human rights
Assumed office
6 February 2015
Preceded by27 August 2016
Personal details
Born (1952-08-08) 8 August 1952 (age 69)
Tunis, Tunisie
EducationUniversité Panthéon-Assas
ProfessionHuman rights activist,


Jendoubi holds a degree from the IAE Paris and a Master of Advanced Studies from University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas.

He is a member and the president of several human rights organizations, including the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network since 2003.[1]

In 2011, he was elected by the High Authority for the achievement of the objectives of the revolution, political reform and democratic transition as the President of the Independent Higher Authority for Realisation of the Objectives of the Revolution, Political Reform and Democratic Transition.[2]

In October 2012, Kamel Jendoubi was again in charge of organizing elections of 2013, following a troika agreement on the future political regime.[3] However, the voting was postponed and Chafik Sarsar, a university lecturer in constitutional law, was finally elected president of the new independent Higher Authority for elections.[4][5]

On 23 January 2015, in the government of Habib Essid, he was appointed as help to the prime minister, Head of Government of Tunisia, for Relations with Constitutional Institutions and Civil Society. On 6 January 2016, he also became responsible for human rights.[6]

On 5 December 2017, he was appointed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to leads a group of international and regional experts to investigate on human rights violations in Yemen.[7]


Academic discussionsEdit

Kamel Jendoubi enrolled at the University of Tunis in the late 1960s to pursue studies in physics and chemistry. A year later, in 1971, he moved to Paris, but failed to enroll in medical school. He therefore pursued pharmacy studies .[8] During this time, he got to know many Tunisian immigrants and decided to leave his studies for the benefit of his human rights activities.In 1979, Kamel Jendoubi, after a short return to Tunisia, returned to France to resume studies in mathematics this time, before reorienting again, In Paris after IAE he started at Sorbonne.[9]

Links with QatarEdit

Kamel Jendoubi is the president of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, a human rights institute reputed close to Qatar.[10][11] The Cairo Institute for Human Right Studies also came under fire on a number of occasions, notably for having reportedly received foreign funding.[12] According to the newspaper Egypt Today, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies accepted funding from foreign states to publish false reports about the situation in Egypt and support the Muslim Brotherhood.[13][14] The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies has also previously enjoyed the support of the Alkarama foundation, which has, in turn, found out to be linked to Al-Qaeda.[15][16]

Kamel Jendoubi also regularly attends events organised by a Qatari organisation named the National Human Rights Committee, which is close to the Qatar's royal family.[17][18][19]

Support for the Muslim BrotherhoodEdit

Kamel Jendoubi has long promoted "the need to gradually integrate Islamists into the political field. He has been accused by Ben Ammar of being behind Ennahdha's victory in the 2011 elections, the Tunisian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.[20][21]

Founders of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, which is chaired by Kamel Jendoubi, have been blacklisted by Egypt for their membership with the Muslim Brotherhood.[22][23]

Honours and awardsEdit


  • Que vive la République ! Tunisie (1957-2017), Tunis, ed. Alif, 2018
  • Tunisie dix ans et dans dix ans (collective work), Tunis, ed. Leaders, 2021
  • La Tunisie vote, Récit d’un acteur engagé, Tunis, ed. Nirvana, 2021


  1. ^ "Qui est Kamel Jendoubi ministre des Relations avec les Instances constitutionnelles, la Société civile et les Droits de l'homme ?". leaders.com.tn (in French). 6 January 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ Sadok Sayedi (14 March 2011). "Membres du Conseil de l'instance supérieure pour la réalisation des objectifs de la révolution, de la réforme politique et de la transition démocratique". tunisienumerique.com (in French). Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Tunisie : élections en été 2013". Le Figaro (in French). 8 October 2012. ISSN 1241-1248.
  4. ^ Kamel Jendoubi nommé président d'un groupe d'experts sur le Yémen par le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies aux Droits de l'Homme
  5. ^ "Chafik Sarsar, officiellement, nouveau président de l'ISIE". businessnews.com.tn (in French). 9 January 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Tunisie : liste complète des ministres du nouveau gouvernement Essid". directinfo.webmanagercenter.com (in French). 6 January 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  7. ^ Biographies of the members of the Group Eminent Experts on Yemen
  8. ^ "Kamel Jendoubi, le garant des premières élections du printemps arabe". Le Monde (in French). 15 October 2011. ISSN 0395-2037.
  9. ^ Kamel Jendoubi, the man of all the consensus
  10. ^ "Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies - independent regional non-governmental organization". Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (in American English). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  11. ^ Kacem, Wassim. "Kamel Jendoubi sera-t-il reconduit comme expert des Nations Unies ?". Mediapart (in French). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Defendants to be retried over 'unlicensed NGOs' funds' Thursday". EgyptToday. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Defendants to be retried over 'unlicensed NGOs' funds' Thursday". EgyptToday. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  14. ^ "7 NGOs funded to issue false reports on Egypt: HR Comm". EgyptToday. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  15. ^ ""Shock and anger must translate into real action": UN Secretary-General condemns cases of reprisals in report presented to Human Rights Council | Alkarama Foundation". www.alkarama.org. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  16. ^ Francey, Olivier (13 October 2014). "La Ville de Genève a financé une ONG accusée de liens avec Al-Qaida". Le Temps (in French). ISSN 1423-3967. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  17. ^ "In cooperation with the Arab Institute for Human Rights and UNESCO The NHRC participates in the organization of an international conference in Tunisia – NHRC" (in American English). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Scenesetter for Ambassador Mark Lagon's Visit to Qatar". 6 November 2008. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ "Qatar Signs Binding International Agreement to Pass Comprehensive Anti-Tip Criminal Law". 15 April 2009. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  20. ^ Tunisia: Low turnout as Ennahda party claims victory
  21. ^ Salem Ben Ammar (24 May 2013). "Kamel Jendoubi, le traître qui a livré la Tunisie à Ghannouchi". tunisie-secret.com (in French). Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  22. ^ "US-funded rights entity aims to intervene in Egypt's domestic affairs: Arab Movement". EgyptToday. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  23. ^ "About Us". Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (in American English). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Leaders: News et Actualité de la Tunisie et du monde". www.leaders.com.tn. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  25. ^ Kamel Jendoubi, winner of the Hermès Prize for Freedom of Expression