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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 21, 1960, a peaceful anti-apartheid demonstration in the South African township of Sharpeville became a massacre with police killing 69 people protesters. The United Nations adopted the 21 March date as the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”. Events are organized around the world as reminders about the challenges facing those who discrimination and advocating for their representation at all levels of decision-making. The UN launched a global call “Learn, Speak up, Act!” to encourage concrete actions related intolerance.

75 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the 2023 theme of this International Day emphases the urgency of opposing racism and racial discrimination.

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Learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March:

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