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Posted on Nov 1, 2017 in News

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 21 Mar. 2018

Children behind fence that separates them from the white community near Johannesburg during time of apartheid in South Africa.

Children behind fence that separates them from the white community near Johannesburg during time of apartheid in South Africa. UN photo

2018  Theme…
Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination.

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights< states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. And based on Article 2, everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of race or any other kind.

Yet racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies, and discriminatory practices are widespread, particularly targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent.

States are urged to take comprehensive measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and to promote tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity.

Every day, each and every one of us can stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes. In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December 2018, join us in fighting racism and standing up for human rights!

Visit the UN website for more information.