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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION OBSERVED

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION OBSERVED

Context

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March to remind people about the negative consequences of racial discrimination.

Details

  • 2021 Theme: “Youth standing up against racism”.
  • On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws.
  • The United Nations General Assembly called for the day in 1966 to encourage people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

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