International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 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.

ee also

* World Poetry Day, also on March 21st
* UNITED for Intercultural Action, pan-European network against racism, fascism, nationalism and in support of migrants and refugees

External links

* [http://www.march21.gc.ca Government of Canada website]
* [http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/camparw.htm 21st March - European-Wide Action Week Against Racism]


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