The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March, on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. This year, the theme of the International Day is “Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.” It is observed that racist extremist movements based on ideologies that seek to promote populist, nationalist agendas are spreading in various parts of the world, fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, often targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent. In its recent resolution on eliminating racism (A/RES/73/262), the General Assembly reiterated that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies. The resolution also emphasized that any doctrine of racial superiority is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous and must be rejected, together with theories that attempt to determine the existence of separate human races.
2019 Theme: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies
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