Tunisian Court Allows 81-Year-Old To Drop Slave Name

The court has allowed Hamden Dali to remove a word that marked him out as descended from slaves from his name, in the country's first ruling of its kind, his lawyer said. Tunisia was one of the first countries to abolish slavery in 1846, but critics say it has not done enough to address racism against black Tunisians, who make up 10-15% of the population and are mostly descended from slaves. Dali's lawyer, Hanen Ben Hassena, has said the association with slavery is an assault on human dignity and the man's adult children had faced discrimination because of the family name, which had made it harder to get jobs.

Government buildings in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia.

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