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    Keynote Speech Delivered at the International Conference on Racial Discrimination

     Excellencies?

     Distinguished Guests

     Friends all:

     It is a privilege for me to address you as we approach the international day for combating racial discrimination. I thank the president of the conference, Ms. Janie and my colleague members of the Working Group of Experts on racism, for this signal honor. I applaud all of you assembled here this afternoon for showing, by your presence, that you share a common concern for the creation of a world in which racism, racial discrimination, and related intolerance play no part either in our personal lives or in our international relations.

     Like me, you believe in the fundamental rights and freedoms. Within this context [?kɑ:ntekst], racial discrimination is to be treated as abhorrent. So, I acknowledge the appropriateness [?'proprtn?s] of the theme chosen for this year’s conference: “Learning from historical racial discrimination to combat racial discrimination today”. And the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is explicit [?k?spl?s?t] about what constitutes racial discrimination. It is,

     “any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition [?r?k?ɡ?nn], enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.”

     Many of us here are familiar with the major historical tragedies or inhumane [nhju?men] actions that have affected global history and which were related to racial or ethnic discrimination, including conquest, colonization [?kɑl?nzen], genocide [?d?en?sa?d] against minority populations.

     The historical tragedies outlined are not so remote in the past that we cannot recall them. And even if we wished to forget them, our artistes, authors, activists and human rights defenders will not allow us to do so, because their artistic productions, books, advocacy and their modern-day protests over the continued legacies [?leɡ?siz] of those historical wrongs, keep them in our consciousness.

     But friends, I do harbor some degree of anxiety: anxiety, friends, because almost 50 years after the African-American Civil Rights Movement, too many individuals, communities and societies continue to suffer from the injustices that racism brings. We still live in a world where ethnicity [eθ?n?s?ti], socially constructed race and other differences act as barriers to racial harmony. There is still a long way to go to build a more peaceful world; a world that Dr Martin Luther King, dreamed about all those years ago. He had a dream that his four little children would one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I regret to say today that his dream has not been completely realized and historical experiences continue to adversely affect our contemporary world. So we will ask why, in 2015, at a time in North America, a sub region which stands as a beacon for democracy[dmɑ:kr?si], where there are adequate laws in place, should we wish to speak in a general way about race? We often hear, “race is no longer relevant,” “we have equality, don’t we?” “it’s no longer about race, it’s about class.” These are some of the refrains one hears when the subject of race is raised. Race discrimination is a subject on which everyone is eager to agree that yes, it is wrong, but few are willing to actively engage in further progress, or even to debate the issues.

     To change this consequence, let us do today what we did in the past to eliminate racism – form a united front comprising all nations, ethnic and religious groups to end racial discrimination and related intolerance and let us do it now in a spirit of mutual respect and tolerance, and by so dong demonstrate our commitment to the foundational principle of the inherent dignity of the human person.

     I thank you!

     [r?'?nd?n]

     

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