International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


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Elimination of Racial Discrimination, International Day for the

March 21
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21, the anniversary of the day in 1960 when, at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid "pass laws" in Sharpeville, South Africa, police opened fire and killed 69 black South Africans. The observation of this day was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, when it called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination and to remember "the victims of Sharpeville and those countless others in different parts of the world who have fallen victim to racial injustice."
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The report is part of the "Multimedia Virtual Space for Human Rights" project and was published to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination commemorated on March 21.
The brunch hosted by the Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation was to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The other members of the Hobbema Honour Guard that attended Sunday's event include, Sgt.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has launched a three-week consultation on its new race equality scheme to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Rachel Walker, the borough council's corporate policy officer (communications), said: "The new scheme forms part of the council's work to promote racial equality and details the council's approach, the actions taken and to be taken to ensure the promotion of racial equality throughout the borough.
(Courtesy: OIC website) JEDDAH: The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) affirmed its commitment to addressing ethnic oppression on Wednesday as it observed the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The IPHRC said that it joined the international community in observing the day and its theme, "Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination." The commission said that Islam laid the foundation of a culture steeped in the principles of equality among all people regardless of caste, color, creed or religious beliefs.
"Vile discourses of explicit hate and ideologies of racial supremacy have moved from the fringe to the mainstream," the experts said in a joint statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination celebrated on March 21.

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