International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

What is all this about? 

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws”. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)).

The need to kick racism with a capital K is long overdue – enough now.  Whether subtle or blatant racism along with all the actions and damage that go with it needs to cease.

This year’s theme:

Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. Yet in many parts of the world, discriminatory practices are still widespread, including racial, ethnic, religious and nationality based profiling, and incitement to hatred.

Racial and ethnic profiling is defined as “a reliance by law enforcement, security and border control personnel on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin as a basis for subjecting persons to detailed searches, identity checks and investigations, or for determining whether an individual is engaged in criminal activity,” according to a recent report to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Refugees and migrants are particular targets of racial profiling and incitement to hatred.

#jointogether #standup4humanrights #FightRacism #AfricanDescent #IDERD


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Take a stand against racism in your community. Join a group advocating for the rights of racial or other minorities and volunteer to help, including through online volunteering.

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Seek different perspectives through reading the writings of authors of other races or ethnicity. Read real life stories about overcoming racial discrimination.

Even though we think our very small actions won’t make a difference. They will. One word can change minds, one action can open up a heart, one footstep is added to the millions of others heading in the right direction. What are you doing to make a difference?

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