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Twenty years after the Durban Programme of Action, the situation of racism and discrimination in the world is still alarming

New York, 18 February 2021. “The COVID-19 pandemic and the crises it has exacerbated further expose the unjust international order that for decades has turned the poor, Afro-descendants or migrants into targets of all kinds of discrimination,” said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla today, speaking at the virtual ministerial meeting commemorating the 20th anniversary of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

The Minister stressed that although twenty years have passed since that historic Conference, the goals established in the Durban Plan and Programme of Action are yet to be achieved, and we are no way near the materialization of the 2030 Agenda either.

The Cuban Foreign Minister stated that the world is witnessing an alarming spate of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia, promoted through social networks and other communication platforms and, in addition, some political parties and their leaders disseminate a hate speech that places the blame for societal ills on those they label as “the others”.

Referring to Cuba he pointed out that, although the Revolution eradicated institutionalized racial discrimination, there is still work to be done, however, major breakthroughs and results are shown. “The National Program against racism and racial discrimination, under the coordination of a Government Commission led by the President of the Republic of Cuba, was created in November 2019 and shows the sense of social justice and humanism that characterize our socialism” -he emphasized.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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