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Tunisia’s bold move to end racial discrimination

Activists hailed the Tunisian parliament’s recent approval of a law criminalizing racial discrimination, although they believe the road is still long to completely eliminate racism that is deeply rooted in Tunisian society.

TUNIS — Tunisia’s parliament voted to criminalize racial discrimination on Oct. 9 in what supporters are calling a historic step in the protection of minority rights in the country.

“Today, minorities and non-Tunisians who might face discrimination in our country are protected by the law,” said Rania Belhaj Romdhane, a member of M’nemty (My Dream), an anti-racism organization that advocated for the legislation. “It is a very important step.”

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