Tunisia’s reaction to the African Union Commission’s accusation of “hate speech and racism”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded with a written statement to the Chairman of the AfB Commission, Muhammed, who criticized the assessments of Tunisian President Kays Said on irregular migration from Sub-Saharan African countries.

It was pointed out that the accusations made by Mohammed to the Tunisian authorities were “baseless” and emphasized that President Said’s statements were misunderstood.

In the statement, which stated that they were “saddened” by the misunderstanding, it was noted that African immigrants lived in peace under the protection of the Tunisian state.

It was noted that the Tunisian state is fighting illegal groups that smuggle people, put them on death boats and exploit migrants by using them to commit crimes.

In the statement, it was stated that Tunisia is determined to protect foreigners of all nationalities and that the phenomenon of irregular migration is handled within the framework of international agreements as well as the country’s legislation.

What happened?

Tunisian President Kays Said, in a statement on February 22, called for the implementation of the necessary measures to control the “demographic structure of Tunisia” with the irregular migration from Sub-Saharan African countries.

In a written statement made today, AfB Commission President Mohammed stated that he “strongly condemned” the statement made by the Tunisian authority that “it is aimed to change the demographic structure of Tunisia” with irregular migration from Sub-Saharan African countries.

The statement emphasized the need to respect international law while treating immigrants with dignity, regardless of their origin, and to avoid any hate speech or racism that would harm people.

Reminding that Tunisia is a member of the AfB, the statement called on all countries, especially the members, to fulfill their obligations to immigrants under international law.

In the statement, the Tunisian government was called upon and underlined that they should avoid racist approaches that could harm people and respect human rights.

In the report of the French newspaper “Le Monde” on February 23, it was reported that the number of Africans in Tunisia is estimated to be between 30 and 50 thousand, and there is no official statistics on the exact number.

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