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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Context

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will be held on March 21, 2022. This day is commemorated every year all across the world.

Key Points

  • On this day in 1960, during a peaceful demonstration in South Africa against apartheid pass laws, police opened fire, killing 69 people and injuring 180 others.
  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) requested the international community to step up efforts to abolish racial discrimination in 1966.
  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) authorised a number of activities to combat racism in 1979.
  • The United Nations General Assembly decided to hold an annual week of solidarity against racism beginning March 21.

Theme of 2022

  • The theme for this year's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is "VOICES FOR ACTION AGAINST RACISM."

Objectives

  • To avoid racism, this day underlined the significance of strengthening public representation in all decision-making domains. 
  • It also emphasised the value of the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and the contributions of everyone who stood up to prejudice.
  • People all throughout the world were invited to raise their voices against racism and racial prejudice on this day. It also aimed to create a safe space for anyone who wanted to speak out against racism.

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