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President Maduro: Peoples of the world raise their voices for peace and against those who promote hate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:46

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The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said on Thursday that the peoples of the world raise their voices for peace and against those who promote segregation and hate.

The President made the remarks via his @NicolásMaduro Twitter account in recognition of the 52nd anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by the United Nations.

On December 21, 1965, the United Nations General Assembly approved the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination with the goal of promoting the respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all peoples, without distinction for race, sex, language or religion.

This initiative by the UN came about due to widespread racial discrimination at the time in many parts of the world, as well as by government policies based on supremacy and racial hatred, such as apartheid.

According to Article 2 of this international agreement, the countries who signed the Convention, such as Venezuela and others, commit themselves to not incurring in any racially discriminatory act or practice against people or institutions, as well as to adopt effective measures to review domestic policies and amend, repeal or annul laws and regulations that create or perpetuate racial discrimination.

From 1973 to 1982, the UN began the first decade for the fight against racism and racial discrimination. Afterwards, the UN held another decade against the scourge from 1983 to 1992, followed by its latest such decade from 1994 to 2003.  For the first two decades, global conferences were held in Geneva, while for the last decade, a conference was held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.  There the parties agreed to a plan of action and the concept of peoples of African descent arose after it was proposed by social movements and approved by participating government representatives.

 

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