March 23, 2021

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Since 1966, the United Nations General Assembly (UN) has observed The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination annually on March 21st. On this day in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa during a peaceful demonstration opposing the Pass Laws.

The UN has emphasized equality in dignity, rights, and contributions to the development and well-being of a person’s society and condemn any doctrine that supports racial superiority as socially unjust and dangerous. The UN believes that the principles of equality also require States to adopt special measures to eliminate conditions that cause or help to perpetuate racial discrimination.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organizations once said, “In a world of diversity, understanding and respect of others constitute the only possible path to eliminating racial discrimination. Building walls to keep other people out often means keeping ourselves shut in. Our diversity is the strength: let us learn how to draw on it for the resources of inventiveness, creativity and peace. The more we respect others, the more we respect ourselves.”
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