International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Date: March 21

Organized By: UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


Racial Discrimination


Background

Every year March 21 is observed as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date is chosen to remember in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws.

United Nations General Assembly in 1966 proclaimed March 21 every year will be observed as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.


Themes

2017: Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration

2016: Challenges and Achievements of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action – 15 years after

2015: Learning from tragedies to combat racial discrimination today

2014: The Role of Leaders in Combating Racism and Racial Discrimination

2010: Disqualify Racism


Actions and Programs

Fight against racism is not for this day, it must be on every day, everywhere.

The activities and programs are done everywhere emphasizing their right to participate freely and equally in political, social, economic and cultural life. The day encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

The programs and activities includes getting opinions for ways to fight racism, and promote tolerance in their communities and in their lives. Various other activities like essays, photo projects, published articles etc. that promote the fight against racial discrimination.


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