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"Denying existence of racial discrimination in Tunisia will not eliminate it" (Ben Gharbia).

(TAP) - "Denying the existence of racial discrimination in Tunisia will not eliminate it or remove its traces from the cultural heritage and collective memory," said Minister in charge of Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights, Mehdi Ben Gharbia.

The organic bill to combat racial discrimination is likely to fill the legal void in this area, through the criminalisation of racial discrimination and its harmonization with the text of the Constitution and international standards.

Ben Gharbia was speaking at the opening of the final national consultation on that organic bill, organized by his department, in association with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the local civil society of Medenine.

The minister added that the draft organic law against racial discrimination offers, for the first time in Tunisia, a legislative framework criminalising racial discrimination and includes severe sanctions to fight against all its forms.

Representative of OHCHR, Omar Fassatoui said racial discrimination does exist or even has increased in Tunisia, but that it remained at the stage of "undeclared discrimination", which necessarily implied the promulgation of a law incriminating it, in accordance with international standards.

"Developed with the assistance of the OHCHR, the bill will act as an observatory or even a body against racism under the Ministry of Human Rights and responsible for monitoring the situation in Tunisia by having updated data about minorities in the country.

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Date:Dec 5, 2017
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