For several years, some set of people have been treated differently by others because of their race or color and this treatment have remained incessant leading to a lot of dangers; to tackle this menace, the United Nations set apart the March 21 annually as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was declared by the United Nations General Assembly to serve the purpose of bringing an end to all forms of racial discrimination and to seek help for people who are in societies where racial discrimination is predominant. The United Nations established this day as a result of the apartheid in South Africa in the year 1960 leading to the deaths of 69 people in a peaceful demonstration.
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is Recognition, justice, and development: “The midterm review of the International Decade for People of African Descent”. The focus for this year is to take stock of the progress made so far as regards the protection of the people of the rights of people of African descent across the world and to also look at necessary areas where the action is needed to be taken as regards what the future holds for these people.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination advocates against all forms of discrimination. We stand with the United Nations to request that more actions be taken to ensure that these people are given access to social security, quality education, proper health care, housing and everything else that is needed by every other human because until this is done, peace in our societies remains threatened.