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March 22, 2004
Mayor Miller proclaimed International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  
News Release
Mayor David Miller proclaimed March 21 as the International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Mayor Miller will participate in a program to be held on Monday, March 29 at
4.30 p.m. at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. The program will include a
panel discussion on refugee rights.

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

In April 2003, as a follow-up to the United Nations World Conference on Racism
held in Durban, South Africa, Toronto City Council adopted a Plan of Action for
the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination. The goal of the City's Plan of
Action is to work towards "the empowerment of vulnerable communities to release
their potential to participate in civil society through the elimination of
racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, illiteracy, poverty, hunger and all
barriers to the achievement of human rights."

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement,
Chief Administrator's Office, 416-392-6824
Angela Kinnear, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Chief
Administrator's Office, 416-392-1031



 

 

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