International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed globally on 21 March every year. The day is celebrated annually on 21 March as on this day in 1960, the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws”. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2020 is focused on the midterm review of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

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The International Decade for People of African Descent was proclaimed by General Assembly resolution and will be observed from 2015 to 2024. The International Decade for People of African Descent was undertaken by the Human Rights Council in Geneva as part of its 43rd session. As the Decade approaches its half-way mark in 2020, this year, a review has been scheduled to analyse the progress made and to decide on further requisite actions.

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  • Secretary General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

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