desire to eliminate racism compels us to pay attention to how contribute to its preservation of the state's policy and position of individuals. Today, I call on Member States, international and non-governmental organizations, the media, civil society and all individuals together to fight racism wherever and whenever they occurred.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination (Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination), begins March 21 — in The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day in 1960 in Shapervile (South Africa), the police opened fire on a peaceful demonstration against the laws of the apartheid regime, killing 69 people.
The decision to celebrate the Week of Solidarity adopted the UN General Assembly as part of the first decade of action Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination in 1979.
The resolution of the General Assembly, said that all States shall take steps to declare punishable by law all dissemination of racist ideas. In addition, all the countries — members of the United Nations recommended that you make every effort to ban the activities of organizations, based on racial hatred and prejudice, including the fascist and neo-fascist associations, as well as private clubs and institutions that practice racial criteria for access.
Despite all the efforts of the international community, of racial and ethnic discrimination occur on the planet every day, which makes the development of mankind. Racism and intolerance can take different forms, ranging from violations of the fundamental principles of equality before the incitement of ethnic hatred, which can lead to genocide.
The United Nations is engaged in this issue since its founding, and the prohibition of racial discrimination is enshrined in all core international human rights instruments. At the 2001 World Conference against Racism was adopted most authoritative and comprehensive program to combat this phenomenon, known as the Durban Declaration.