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March 24, 2004
Media advisory: Mayor Miller to recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Refugee Rights Awareness Week
  
Mayor David Miller will recognize the International Day for the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination and proclaim Refugee Rights Awareness Week on Monday,
March 29.

The Mayor's proclamation will be followed by presentations from Jahanshah
Assadi, representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and
Elisangela Stella Fernandes Constanca, an Angolan refugee.

Date: Monday, March 29
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Members' Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

In 1966, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as the
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This resolution
honours the lives of anti-apartheid demonstrators who were killed by police on
March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa.

Refugee Rights Week, March 29 to April 4, 2004, commemorates a Supreme Court of
Canada ruling on April 4, 1985, entitling every refugee claimant to an oral
hearing.

Refugee Rights Week in Toronto will include a week-long visual display in City
Hall rotunda, from March 29 to April 2, and "Student Action and Refugee
Sponsorship", scheduled for Thursday, April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Committee
Room 3 at City Hall.

The Refugee Rights Week program is a joint presentation by the City of Toronto
with community organizations, refugee advocates, and the Toronto and York
Region Labour Council.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
Manager, Community Engagement and Diversity Management
Chief Administrator's Office
416-392-6824

Angela Kinnear
Diversity Management and Community Engagement Consultant,
Chief Administrator's Office
416-392-1031



 

 

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