Anti-racism meeting prepares draft recommendations

Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Little progress had been made Thursday at the Durban conference to produce concrete recommendations on how to combat racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the world.
However, by Thursday morning, Group Two, which was examining the meeting's action plan, had adopted close to 20 clauses on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This is in addition to other clauses that were approved after the first four days of the conference and the consensus that was reached during the preparatory sessions.
In some of these clauses, the 152 States still present in Durban after the US and Israel withdrew, expressed the need to "provide the United Nations Committee for the elimination of racial discrimination with adequate resources to enable it undertake its mission effectively".
On migration, the draft urges States facing serious migration issues "to initiate in-depth talks, at the regional level, focussed not only on the implementation of laws at border level, but also on the promotion and protection of the rights of migrants".
These governments are also being encouraged to negotiate "bilateral and regional agreements on migrants within the context of the mutual recognition of the close relations between migration and development".
The draft urges States "to conclude bilateral, sub-regional, regional and international agreements aimed at fighting against the trafficking of women and children, particularly young girls, as well as the trafficking of migrants".
Meanwhile, Group One, which is dealing with the draft Durban final declaration, has adopted eight paragraphs, which described racism as "one of the deep-rooted causes of armed conflicts".
The other six paragraphs relate to "the protection of the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of minorities".
The draft reiterates "the need, for States, to adopt measures and policies aimed at eliminating the obstacles confronting groups with a distinct cultural identity".
The draft Durban declaration recommends the use of new technologies to fight against racism, stopping all media and institutional lynching of people of different origin, and improving dialogue and international co-operation for the fight against racism.
However, the PANA correspondent in Durban reported Thursday that a lot remains to be done before the end of the conference on Friday.
Regional groupings and informal consultation committees were still trying to reach a consensus on how to handle the issue of Zionism.

06 september 2001 16:41:00

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