An 81-year-old Tunisian man has won a landmark court ruling to remove from his name a word that marked him as a descendant of slaves.
The word ateeq, meaning “freed from slavery”, is used as a middle name even though Tunisia abolished slavery in 1846.
Hamden Dali’s lawyers argued that the word discriminated against black Tunisians, who make up around 15% of the population, and made it difficult to get jobs.
“In ‘Ateeq Dali’, there is a certain humiliation because it is as if the person is not free – there is a discomfort for the family to live with this name,” lawyer Hanen Ben Hassena told the Reuters news agency.
Tunisia black population are descended people brought from sub-Saharan Africa to Tunisia as part of the slave trade, Reuters adds.