Casualties and Victim Assistance

Last updated: 26 December 2016


Casualties Overview

All known casualties by end 2015

92 mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties (17 killed; 71 injured; 4 unknown)

Casualties in 2015

20 (2014: 38)

2015 casualties by outcome

4 killed; 16 injured (2014: 8 killed; 30 injured)

2015 casualties by device type

17 victim-activated improvised explosive device (IED); 3 suspected antivehicle mine


In 2015, the Monitor identified 20 casualties from landmines and victim-activated IEDs in the Republic of Tunisia.[1] This is a decrease from 2014 when the Monitor identified 38 casualties from landmines or victim-activated IEDs in Tunisia, which was the highest total since monitoring began in 1999.[2] All of the casualties in 2015 were military. In 2014 and 2013, the vast majority of casualties were military personnel (32 of 38, and 22 of 28, respectively).

The 2015 total represents a decrease from the 38 casualties reported in 2014 and 28 casualties in 2013. The 2013 casualty total of 28 had represented a dramatic increase compared to the 10 mine/ERW casualties recorded in Tunisia for a period of more than 20 years, from 1991–2012. This casualty increase was attributable to the use of improvised mines (victim-activated IEDs), since 2013.[3] The cumulative number of mine/ERW casualties remains unknown. Since 1999, the Monitor has recorded 92 mine/ERW casualties.

The Ministry of Social Affairs has responsibility for ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities. Legislation prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, education, transportation, access to healthcare, and other government services.[4] Handicap International promoted employment of persons with disabilities and supported disabled people’s organizations in 2015.[5]

Tunisia did not report on victim assistance in its Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report submitted in 2016.[6]

Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 2 April 2008.

[1] Monitor media analysis for 2015 (from 1 January to 31 December).

[2] Monitor media analysis for 2013 and 2014 (from 1 January to 31 December).

[3] In 2006, a man was injured by ERW in northern Tunisia. Prior to 2015, the last reported mine incident occurred in January 2002.

[4] United States Department of State, “2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Tunisia,” Washington, DC, 13 April 2016.

[5] Handicap International, “Tunisia Country Card,” August 2015.