Racial discrimination remains "clear danger" across world

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Mourners at a funeral ceremony in Cape Province for those who were killed by the South African police at Langa Township in Uitenhage. UN Photo

Racial discrimination still presents a clear danger to people and communities in all regions, according to the United Nations.

On Friday, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is being commemorated under the theme "learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today".

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The goal of this year's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination.

The UN says the world needs to learn from the past in order to combat the issue today.

The international day was established after police in South Africa killed 69 people in Sharpeville during a peaceful protest against apartheid on 21st March 1960.

The UN chief of staff, Susana Malcorra, delivered this message on behalf of the UN Secretary-General.

"Lasting peace can only be built on the premise that people have equal rights and dignity, regardless of ethnicity, gender, social or other status. To that end, I urge all nations to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Rwacial Discrimination, to promote historical accuracy, and put in place robust policies that will end all forms of discrimination as enshrined in the convention."

Of the 193 Member States of the United Nations, 177 have ratified the Convention.

Five have signed it and 15 have yet to take action, many of which are in South East Asia.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1'26"

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