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Tunisia ratifies first law against racial discrimination


The Tunisian Parliament approved on Tuesday the first law to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (125 deputies in favor, five abstained and one objected), rendering Tunisia the first Arab and Islamic state to enact a similar legislation after its progressive law in 1841 to abolish slavery. The new bill penalizes racial language from one month to one year imprisonment and a fine that could reach 1000 dinars (300 euros). It also punishes with one to three years imprisonment and a 3000 dinar (1000 euro) fine any party who incites violence, hate, division and racial discrimination or disseminate ideas based on racial discrimination or form , organize or belong to a group which supports racial discrimination clearly and frequently. The fine could go up to 15,000 dinars (5,000 euros). The law No. 11/2018 aims to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination and manifestations in order to protect the dignity of the human being and to establish equality between individuals with respect to the enjoyment of rights and the fulfilment of their duties in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and international conventions ratified by the Republic of Tunisia. The president of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, Masoud Ramadani, told AFP that the law is an important turning point in the North African country similar to the abolition of slavery, adding that there is still much to be done. (Al Mustaqbal, Al Diyar, October 11, 2018)

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