International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination marked
March 22, Geneva: The United Nations’ (UN) international Day for the Elimination of Racial discrimination was observed with a series of occasions and activities worldwide on March 21 every year. The day aims at helping people remember racial discrimination`s negative outcomes and encourages individuals to recollect their commitment and determination to battle racial discrimination.
The European network Against racism (ENAR) had approached EU institutions and member States to recognize the part played by Europe in human rights abuses against minorities in the past, Such recognition is critical to guarantee that a lesson has been learnt, and racism can be understood properly ,in order to build trust in both minority and majority groups.
In order to avoid future genocides, one has to understand and address past genocides like The Holocaust in Germany and the Roma genocides in World War II. These past abuses have remained unnoticed in many events and not to mention the colonialism and slave trades in the past have remain untouched and not properly addressed and understood.
According to Sarah Isal ENAR Chairperson said: “Racism has been the bedrock of key events in European history – in particular the Holocaust, the slave trade and colonialism. Recognition of these past abuses is crucial to address the humiliation, discrimination and violence millions of people in Europe continue to face today because of their skin color, ethnicity, culture or religion. Instead of proposing an increasing number of national laws aiming at disclaiming any responsibility in past abuses, legislators should take steps to overturn the tragic impact of these events on their fellow citizens. Peace is the result of acknowledging roles and responsibilities during the dark hours of the past, not of denying memories and their impact.”
The ENAR emphasize on EU member nations that they should freely perceive the legacy of historical abuses, and establishing commissions, delivering history fact sheets and educational material, reviewing curricula and related text books, and exploring national reparation schemes. These measures could be further encourage and installed in European methods to tackle particular types of racism.
The Oslo Times