Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Today, Tuesday 21 March is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
As UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein explains, "it reminds us that we all need to do more to eliminate racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and crimes committed in the name of prejudice. Across the world, the politics of division and thee rhetoric of intolerance are targeting racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, migrants and refugees. People of African descent continue to be victims of racist hate crimes and racism in all areas of life. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head from the US to Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Muslim women wearing headscarves face increasing verbal, and even physical, abuse in a number of countries. In Latin America, indigenous peoples continue to endure stigmatization, including in the media."
We must draw a line. And we can. Today we are asking you to join us and take a stand against racism. Here's how :
- Read and share the statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Share the cards we have created to mark the day on your social media accounts (more to be uploaded on Tuesday)