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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination : 21 March
Each year, UNESCO puts together a rich programme to mobilize its diverse partners, with the aim to sensitise the public of the dangers represented by the current rise of racism, xenophobia and intolerance.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was first established in 1966, following a tragic event that shocks the conscience: the massacre of young students peacefully protesting against apartheid laws, adopted by the South African government, a brutal regime that applied the theory of inequality between races, regardless of humanity’s moral and ethical advances. Proclaiming the International Day, the United Nations General Assembly called upon the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

Celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 19 March 2008

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Keywords racism, discrimination, xenophobia

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