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Letter to AUC_Tunisia Pres.pdf

  1. 13th March 2023 The Chairperson African Union Commission Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Dear H.E Moussa Faki, HOLD PRESIDENT KAIS SAIED ACCOUNTABLE FOR RACIST ATTACKS ON FELLOW AFRICANS We the undersigned groups, movements, and organizations in Africa and the diaspora are deeply concerned about the situation of black Africans in Tunisia following the recent racist remarks made by the current President of Tunisia, Mr. Kais Saied. While meeting his national security officials, he said inter alia, “The undeclared goal of the successive waves of illegal immigration is to consider Tunisia a purely African country that has no affiliation to the Arab and Islamic nations”. Since his remarks, fellow Africans have been continuously harassed and attacked in Tunisia, evicted from their rented accommodation, and threatened. Admittedly, discrimination against fellow Africans in Tunisia is not new. However, the statements made and the position taken by President Saied are signs of his intention to institutionalise this hate and racism into national policy, a dangerous prospect indeed. We join the African Union, and well-meaning individuals and organizations in Tunisia, the continent, and Diasporas in condemning President Saied’s racist remarks. As a member of the African Union, Tunisia, must treat people from any part of Africa - East, West, South, Central, or North - with absolute equality, respect, and hospitality. While the statement issued by the Chairperson is commendable, it is necessary to take further action and hold President Saied responsible for his racist remarks that have put the lives of fellow Africans in danger. We call on the African Union Commission to: 1. Investigate any cases of abuse suffered by fellow Africans following the comments by President Saied.
  2. 2. Hold President Saied personally responsible for any attacks against fellow Africans in Tunisia, including threats to life, injury, and death following his remarks 3. Subject President Saied’s conduct to the test of upholding the principles enshrined in the AU Constitutive Act and the AU Charter on Human Rights. 4. Put pressure on President Saied and his government to guarantee the safety of fellow Africans living in Tunisia. Sincerely, Africans Rising for Unity, Justice, Peace, and Dignity Contact: Hardi Yakubu, Movement Coordinator, hardi@africans-rising.org Co-signed by; Pan-African Lawyers Union The Togolese Civil League, Togo Hope For Street Children and Vulnerable People Foundation, Nigeria Freedom Movement Uganda Initiative Pour Le Développement Communautaire (IDC), Senegal MasterPeace Malawi Pan-African Peacemaker Alliance, South Sudan Liberty32, Madagascar Teaching Artist Institute, Africa/US Kongamano La Mapinduzi, Kenya Word Smash Poetry Movement, multi- country AfricTivistes, multi- country Mzalendo Halisi Foundation, Kenya Unique Foundation, The Gambia Union Nationale Des Syndicats Autonomes Du Sénégal, Senegal Kumi Naidoo, South Africa
  3. Vision in Action, Cameroon MeRepresenta, Brasil Institute For Policy and Development (IPODE), Malawi Green And Better World, Cameroon Team Courage Kamukunji Youth Congress, Kenya PAWA254, Kenya Generation Lead Zambia (GLZ), Zambia Ligue Des Consommateurs Du Togo, Togo CRAN - Carrefour de réflexion et d’actions contre le racisme anti- Noir, Switzerland Associacao Kubatsira, Mozambique US-Africa Bridge Building Project, US Ong Femmes Pouvoir Et Developpement-FEDEP, Guinea Mnemty, Tunisia Université Populaire Africaine (UPAF), Switzerland Tribeless Youth And Red Vests Movement, Kenya Tournons La Page, Global Association Pour L’autoproduction Des Communautes De Base (Ong Acomb), Togo Youth Budget Trailers, Zambia Peoples Federation For National Peace and Development (Pefenap), Malawi Jamma Children Foundation, Ghana Ableejay National Movement of Liberia Bw Nama Development Trust, Botswana ATTAC CADTM Burkina, Burkina Faso Veille Citoyenne Togo, Togo AimRest, Ghana Sauti Ya Wanawake, Kenya African Diaspora for Development, South Africa
  4. Hope Of Africa - Hofa-Cameroon SNWOT - Cameroon Activista Mpulungu Chapter, Zambia Friends of Franbarnie International, Liberia Activista The Gambia Global African Sheroes Union, Africa/US Governing African Development, Africa/US Collectif Des Communautés Subsahariennes Au Maroc (CSSM), Morocco M.A.Afrika, Cameroon Surbana Vision Media and Community, Eritrea/US Surbana Vision Media and Community, Eritrea/US Tunaweza Organisation, Tanzania Solidarity Health Foundation, Cameroon Réseau D’organisations Des Droits Humains Et D’education Civique D’inspiration Chrétienne (RODHECIC
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