Tunisia to become second African country to legally prohibit racial discrimination | Lamine Ghanmi

TUNIS – Tunisia will become the second country in the 55-member African Union, after South Africa, to pass an anti-racial discrimination law, Mehdi Ben Gharbia, the country’s human rights minister, said.

The legal initiative reflects the attitude of a growing number of Tunisians who say skin colour should be no issue in a country that, for centuries, has been a mosaic of diverse cultures, religions, races and ideas.

In January 1846, Tunisia was the first Arab country to ban slavery.

“The first step to tackle a problem is to identify and recognise it,” said Ben Gharbia, the minister in charge of the government’s relations with Constitutional institutions, Civic society and Human Rights.

“Every Tunisian will tell you that he has no problem with the black people,” he added in an…

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