Declaration of the OIC Secretary General on the Occasion of International Day on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

OIC Press Release

21 March 2001

Declaration of the OIC Secretary General on the Occasion of International Day on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is being commemorated with the world being more optimistic as to the possibility of wiping out all violations of human rights, racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia, and more confident that such a goal is contingent upon effective cooperation among States, peoples and both governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Despite the efforts made to expunge the phenomenon of fanaticism and racial discrimination, these observations continue to be perpetrated against certain segments of society and specific nations; supported and fuelled from time to time by attempts to tarnish the image of religions and beliefs, and by the rejection of the other’s culture as well as the double standards in international relations, foreign occupation, unilateral and selective economic measures and sieges against specific states and the use of sophisticated media means to spread hatred. All of these are facts which need to be tackled more seriously at the Third International Conference against racism, discrimination and xenophobia and other related forms of intolerance, due to be held in Durbin from 31 August to 7 September 2001.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference reiterates on this occasion its determination to press ahead with its efforts for the achievement of the goals enshrined in its Charter, including “seeing to the elimination of racial discrimination” and considering that “humankind in general forms a single family whose members are equal in human dignity – away from any discrimination among them on the basis of race, colour, language, gender, religions belief, political affiliation, social status or other considerations”.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference’s hope is that the third international conference may emphasized the particular responsibility of those states where fanaticism, racism and xenophobia manifest themselves as well as their responsibility in orienting their culture towards the elimination of these phenomena’s underlying causes so that a culture of tolerance may prevail in all societies.

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