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Arbour Urges States To Sign On To Anti-Racial Discrimination Treaty
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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has called on all states to sign up to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and said that “as a matter of urgency” they should also “strengthen law enforcement to ensure justice for victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” “Racism lies at the roots of many conflicts,” she said; “it poses risks to international peace and security. Racism is the springboard for extremism and all types of intolerance.” Arbour, who was addressing a High Level Panel in Geneva prior to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March, noted that there had been substantial progress in combating racism since the UN General Assembly inaugurated the International
Day six years after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa on 21 March 1960. However, she added, “48 years after the Sharpeville shootings, no country can claim to be free of racism’s destructive influence.” So far, 173 out of 192 UN member states have ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination which was the first human rights treaty to be adopted by the General Assembly and came into force in 1969. However, of those states that have ratified the Convention, many have done so with reservations.
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UNOHCHR ,   (2008 )
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Press Release in English
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HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, RATIFIED, ANTI-DISCRIMINATION MEASURES, JURISDICTION, SLAVERY, DISABILITY, ETHNICITY, SOCIAL GROUP, VULNERABLE, MARGINILIZED GROUP, CONVENTION, STRENGTHEN LAW, SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS, PEACE AND SECURITY, JUSTICE, VICTIMS, RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, INTOLERANCE, CONFLICTS, RISK, ELIMINATION, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, MATTER OF URGENCY
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.01  -  Discrimination
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