SARI visiting University of Limerick to support Sanctuary Week and to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is observed annually on the 21st March. On that day in 1960 police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa against the apartheid pass laws...

Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

In South Africa, Human Rights Day is a public holiday celebrated on 21 March each year. This day commemorates the lives that have been lost to fight for democracy and equal human rights in South Africa during the Apartheid regime (a regime which embraced racial discrimination). The Sharpeville Massacre during Apartheid on 21 March 1960 is the particular reference day for this public holiday.

In June 2017 the University of Limerick was designated a University of Sanctuary in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community. The University of Sanctuary award was officially presented to President of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald at a special ceremony on United Nations World Refugee Day, 20th June.

"In being designated as a University of Sanctuary, UL has committed to a three-year action plan to promote access and to integrate those from a refugee and asylum background into third level education," Dr Fitzgerald stated.