Bill on fight against racial discrimination adopted at Cabinet meeting (Mehdi Ben Gharbia) | Tunisia News Gazette

Bill on fight against racial discrimination adopted at Cabinet meeting (Mehdi Ben Gharbia)

A draft law on the fight against racial discrimination was adopted on Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting.

Tunisia has therefore become the second country in Africa after South Africa to have adopted this bill, Mehdi Ben Gharbia, Minister in charge of the Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters at a workshop on the financing of political parties, Ben Gharbia added that the national unity government has lived up to the commitment made by Youssef Chahed on December 26, 2016 on the National Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, recognising the existence of such discriminatory practices in Tunisia.

The solution was to find the mechanisms to deal with this phenomenon, namely the adoption of a law that makes it possible to combat discrimination.

Ben Gharbia said this bill stipulates sanctions that will be imposed on offenders. They range from month to one year in prison.

These penalties are doubled when the victim is a child or is in vulnerable situation.

The bill also deals with sanctions against legal persons including acts of discrimination during staffing competitions, added Ben Gharbia.

A fine between 5 and 10 thousand dinars and a prison term of up to 3 years in prison is imposed when the case is about incitement to discrimination and hatred.

Therefore, the bill will commit the State to develop policies and strategies to combat discriminatory acts and an awareness policy in this area in addition to a reflection on ways to compensate victims and facilitate their psychological assistance.

Source: TAP News Agency

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