Friday, March 21

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racism


Since 1966, the 21st of March has been recognized by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The day was chosen by the General Assembly of the United Nations to commemorate the March 21st, 1960 massacre of 69 young students who were demonstrating peacefully in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws".

A further look at the Harper government’s record on human rights and equality makes it obvious that the Conservatives have no interest in fighting racism and discrimination.
In two years of government under the Conservative Party, it has:
  • eliminated the Court Challenges Program,
  • eliminated the Law Reform Commission,
  • scrapped valuable literacy and equity programming to communities, including Aboriginal communities,
  • reduced social development programs under the Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC),
  • reduced programs that facilitate cultural awareness under Multiculturalism,
  • refused to recognize Aboriginal rights in Canada and in the international forum
  • AND..
  • Refused to sign the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Refused to sign the Optional protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;
  • Refused to implement the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which called for stronger measures to eliminate poverty and fight violence.
  • Adopted policies that promote racial profiling by introducing a no-fly list, security certificates and border controls, and by intensifying the removal of refugee claimants.

Today, workers still see the pernicious face of racism on the job, in their communities and in government policies. Recent polls show that as many as 1 in 5 workers feel their employment rights are violated due to racism

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

~ William Haslitt

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~ Nelson Mandela

In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

~ M.L.King

1 comment:

Blazing Cat Fur said...

The U.N.? Oh yea who could ever forget the "progress" of Durban 1;)