International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21st March

The United Nations in South Africa will join South Africans in commemorating Human Rights Day on Thursday, 21 March 2019 in Sharpeville and participate in the Human Rights Festival at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The day is of special importance to the UN and the global community as it also marks the International Day for the Elimination for Racial Discrimination, which was adopted in honour of the victims who lost their lives in the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.

The massacre became the face of the apartheid regime and led to the adoption of the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid in 1962 which later lobbied and campaigned for sanctions to be imposed against apartheid South Africa.

The theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March) is, “Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.”

Racist extremist movements based on ideologies that seek to promote populist, nationalist agendas are spreading in various parts of the world, fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, often targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent.

In its recent resolution on eliminating racism adopted on 22 December last year, the United Nations General Assembly reiterated that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies.

The UN look forward to commemorating this day with South Africans to remind people of the fight against apartheid and how far the country has come in the fight against racial discrimination.

“Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just wrong.” –Muhammad Ali

 No matter your social status or how powerful you feel you are, we are all equal. We came here by birth and will leave in death

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Racism: Spot It And Stop It!We all bleed the same color

“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.” –Mahatma Gandhi

“When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone.” –Alan Dershowitz

“Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.” -Zendaya

 “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela

There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.” –Malala Yousafzai

“When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone.” –Alan Dershowitz

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