Saturday 21st March marks the UN'S Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Day was established to commemorate those who lost their lives at the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa on 21st March 1960. The day aims to remind people of racial discriminations negative consequences, and to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

The theme of the 2015 commemoration is "Learning from historical tragedies
to combat racial discrimination today".

This year the Presidents of the General Assembly and of the Human Rights
Council will convene meetings both in New York and Geneva during the
commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination and engage in debate on the state of racial discrimination

This year's theme aims to explore the root causes 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

Racism is a specific form of discrimination and results in the exclusion of
cultural and ethnic minorities. It categorises people by virtue of their
cultural or ethnic background, different skin colour and nationality,
rather than by any objective assessment of ability.

Racism is insidious and denies people their basic human rights, dignity and
respect. It is a complex issue and can be manifested in a number of ways
ranging from acts of snubbing and exclusion through to discrimination,
stereotyping, institutional or systemic racism, to acts of threatening
behaviour and violence.

Racism and intolerance are problems that are prevalent in all societies.
Each and every one of us plays an important role in either contributing to,
or breaking down, racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.

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