President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday delivered a message on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, highlighting the role of diversity and multiculturalism and of not having prejudices in our today’s society.
‘On the occasion of this special day, I want to pay homage to all those who fought and are still fighting for a world of tolerance, equality and chances and justice. Preserving the historical memory of the various forms of racial discrimination that have left such a serious and deep mark on humankind is a duty that we have to the present and an absolute necessity for any society. Only through knowing and understanding historical tragedies we can become conscious about the devastating impact discrimination can bring about. Let’s not forget that the freedom we enjoy today was paid the price of many lives and we have the duty to protect and defend the fundamental human rights, in order that the unjust acts from the past remain in the past,’ said the President in his message.
Iohannis underscored that diversity and multiculturalism are making the world today richer and giving up prejudices are making our society stronger.
‘We already know from the past century that discrimination of any kind contradicts the values of the Romanian society and especially the respect, acceptance of the other and the solidarity among us. Combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance is a duty not only of politicians and non-governmental organisation, but of the entire Romanian society. I want that my message, as the Romanian president, to contribute to the common effort against racial discrimination of any kind. By understanding the lessons from the past, we will be able to create together a future of peace and liberty, of democracy and tolerance,’ said Klaus Iohannis in his message.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was proclaimed by the General Assembly in October 1966, while the day of March 21 was chosen in honour of the memory of the 69 persons that were killed by the policemen in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1990, during a peaceful demonstration against laws that justified apartheid, racial segregation politics practiced until 1991 by the government of the South African Republic.
This Year 2015, and as requested by the General Assembly, Presidents of the General Assembly and of the Human Rights Council will convene meetings both in New York and Geneva during the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination through a debate on the state of racial discrimination worldwide.
This year’s theme, according to the UN special page devoted to the event, is ‘Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today’ aims to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and will stress the essential need to learn the lessons history has provided in order to combat racism and racial discrimination today, Agerpres reports.