Tunisia enacts law against racial discrimination

Package of regulations to protect human dignity and equality

10 October, 10:56

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, OCTOBER 10 - The Tunisian Parliament has approved the law to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, by a large majority.

    The aim of the law is to protect the dignity of the person and establish equality among people with respect to rights and responsibilities, under the Tunisian Constitution and international conventions ratified by Tunisia.

    According to Article 2 of the law, "racial discrimination is considered to be any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, color, family heritage, or any other form of racial discrimination according to ratified international conventions, that is capable of hindering or impeding the enjoyment or exercise, based on equality, of rights and liberties, or bringing further burdens".

    The law establishes procedures, mechanisms, and measures to prevent all forms and demonstrations of racial discrimination, to protect its victims and punish offenders.

    It also provides for the creation of a commission tasked with planning and proposing strategies and public policies to fight all forms of racial discrimination, as well as data gathering and conducting public awareness campaigns.

    Government spokesperson Iyed Dahmani said there is a true political willingness on the part of the executive branch to enact the law's principles in order to protect the rights of Tunisian citizens and foreigners.

    He also condemned the existence of racial acts in Tunisia, and highlighted that Tunisia was one of the first countries in the world to abolish slavery and to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1967.(ANSAmed).

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