International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2015
The international Day for the elimination of Racia Discrimination observed on the 21st of March, is an opportunity to renew our commitment to building a world of justice and equality where xenophobia and bigotry do not exist. We must learn the lesson of history and acknowledge the profound damage caused by racial discrimination.
This year’s theme “learning from Historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today” We hope to explore the root cause of racism and racial discrimination and will stress the essential need to learn the lessons history has provided in order to combat racism and racial discrimination today.
Green Cameroon this year emphasizes the importance of preserving the historical memory of past human rights tragedies, including slavery, slave trade, transatlantic slave trade, apartheid, colonialism and genocide which have led to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. We will try to explore the need of elaborating educational and awareness raising materials with a view to contribute to eradicating contemporary forms of racism and racial discrimination.
Racial and ethnic discrimination as well takes place on a daily basis, locking progress for millions of people around the world. Racism and intolerance takes place in many different forms from denying individuals the basic principles of equality to fueling ethnic hatred that may lead to genocide. This can affect people’s confidence, destroy lives and ruin communities.
On this day, the staff of Green Cameroon reaffirms their commitment to eliminate racism and to defend human right, equity and social justice for all. Racism continues to be a part of our work places, our associations, our communities and our societies through practices such as discriminatory hiring, racial profiling, and the exploitation of migrants and precarious workers.
Together, we must renew our determination to pursue a racism free world.