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Calls to amend law against racial discrimination to protect undocumented immigrants.

20/04/2019 14:54, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The project "Voices," launched by the Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities (ATSM), was crowned in November 2018 by a call to amend the law against racial discrimination, published in October 2018 and to reinforce the protection of undocumented immigrants in Tunisia.

This project has helped improve the awareness of the rights of minorities in Tunisia, said ATSM President Yemina Thabet on Saturday in Tunis at the closing conference of the project organised with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The project consists in a documentary showing testimonies of women victims of different forms of discrimination in Tunisia.

The documentary features the daily life of women victims of abuse and different kinds of discrimination.

Workshops were organised on the fringes of the documentary filmmaking, in the presence of experts in psychiatry and law as well as representatives of the civil society, to mentor 300 participants, including women victims of discrimination.

Thabet pointed out that it appears from the project's results that the immigration law in Tunisia has shortcomings and is no longer in harmony with the Tunisian reality, especially after the revolution. The law criminalising discrimination is an important step on the parth of countering discrimination in Tunisia.

She aslo called for denouncing all forms of discrimination in Tunisia, pointing out that the association has received over 100 complaints since 2018.

Omar Fassatoui from the OHCHR office said that the project had helped shed light on the "forgotten" women in Tunisia in spite of their effective presence, and to open dialogue about this group of minorities.

He called for changing behaviour and mentality, specifying that fight against the forms of discrimination is in fact a daily practice and a promotion of the culture of tolerance and acceptance of others.

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Date:Apr 20, 2019
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