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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2022

March 21, 2022

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on 21 March yearly, to remind everyone of the consequences of racial discrimination and also encourages people to remember their obligation in combating racial discrimination. Racial discrimination is a poison that diminishes individuals and societies, perpetuates inequality and feeds anger, bitterness, and violence. The fight against racism and all forms of discrimination is a mainstay of peace and social cohesion, especially in our increasingly diverse societies.

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Voices for action against racism” and it highlights the importance of strengthening meaningful and safe public participation and representation in all areas of decision-making to prevent and combat racial discrimination; reaffirming the importance of full respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and of protecting civic space; and recognising the contribution of individuals and organisations that stand up against racial discrimination and the challenges they face.

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, WAY calls on young people, member organisations, and partners, to step up their efforts in building a more inclusive, giving, and fairer world. Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the declaration, without distinction of race or any other kind. Yet racism, xenophobia, and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies, and discriminatory practices are widespread, particularly targeting migrants and refugees as well as minorities.

We at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) deem that racism is taught, and, thus, believe that the best way to combat this issue is to approach the concern with solidarity, unity, and harmony. We seek to promote global citizenship education and develop tools and expertise capable of enhancing mutual understanding, critical thinking, and intercultural dialogue. We shall continue to encourage the young people and youth leaders, to unite and incorporate the ethics of respect, equality, and solidarity in their daily activities. We also call upon our member organisations to come together and reinvigorate their efforts to combat racism, and to highlight the areas that still need most work.

We encourage young people everywhere to strengthen and consolidate their voices against racism, to mobilise against all forms and manifestations of racial discrimination and injustice, and to ensure a safe environment for those who speak up. Together, let us take comprehensive measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, and to promote tolerance, inclusion, unity, and respect for diversity.

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