Today, movements based on the idea of racial superiority are on the rise all over the world. They thrive, in part due to a false sense She stressed that hostility based on racial, ethnic and religious affiliation, as a rule, is not based on actual experience of interaction between people.This was announced on the occasion of the International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination by the UN High Commissioner for human rights, Michel Bachelet.


She stressed that hostility based on race, ethnicity and religion was generally not based on real experiences of human interaction.

"For example, in areas where the electorate works closely with migrants, far fewer voters vote for populists; they gain a lot of votes where there are virtually no migrants and refugees – in places where they have become an abstract object of illusory fear,"  - Bachelet said. "Nationalism and racism do not solve the most difficult problems facing society."

The international day for the elimination of racial discrimination is celebrated annually on 21 March. It was established by a decision of the UN General Assembly in 1966 in memory of the murder of 69 participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in South Africa.

This year's theme is the fight against populist, nationalist and right-wing ideology and ideas of racial superiority.

Independent UN experts on human rights Tendayi Achiume and Michal Balcerzak said today that instead of having to fight hatred and discrimination, some states and their leaders are deliberately using populist rhetoric, which only gives confidence to racists and nationalists.


"States must begin to understand their role seriously and pursue the policies, necessary to achieve racial equality – in accordance with international human rights standards,"  -said  human rights defenders.

They also recalled the tragedy, that occurred last week in New Zealand.

"Less than a week ago, a supporter of the idea of white supremacy committed – on the basis of Islamophobia – a terrorist attack in two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. He killed 50 people and wounded many others. This tragedy reminds us that racism, xenophobia and hatred on religious grounds lead to human victims, and the result of populism and the spread of the theory of superiority - is violence and discrimination," -  the experts said in a statement.

Tendayi Achiume has been the UN special Rapporteur on racial discrimination and xenophobia since 2017. Michal Balcerzak is the head of a orkingw group of the UN experts on the issues of people of African descent.


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