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Published on Aug 9, 2016
International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD)
32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Agenda item 9 - Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
Joint statement by the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD) and Geneva International Centre for Justice
Delivered by Ms. Julie Gorzkowski
Full Text of the Statement:
Thank you Mr President,
We are outraged by the dramatic increase of violence against migrants occurring in Europe, the rise of islamophobic speeches used by extreme political parties.
Our organisations are also particularly concerned with the situation of Palestinians who are continuously deprived of their basic fundamental rights due to Israeli policies of segregation and apartheid in the occupied territories. The Occupying Power is regularly confiscating their lands, destroying their private properties, denying them access to basic resources on purely ethnic basis. Victims of the appalling practices include innocent children, who are frequently imprisoned without due process for their guilty verdict of being Palestinians.
In the context of the 15th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, we would like to stress the importance of never ignoring the danger of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance because as we witnessed through history they can bring catastrophic results.
We find it unacceptable that additional funding provided by the General Assembly specifically for combating racism is diverted to other priority areas in the OHCHR.
There has to be an end to the undermining of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and we ask the Council to develop and adopt a multiyear outreach programme for information and campaigning in support of the DDPA as requested by the General Assembly.
We call for a review of the activities against racism at the Council and particularly the OHCHR and that a full day discussion to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the DDPA be held at the 33rd session of the HRC.