Belgium: EU urges all countries to sign up to antiracism convention

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) -  The European Union will continue its efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination within its borders and in the world, so that all may enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms, without restrictions or exceptions, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said Friday, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

"While many positive steps have been made around the world in eliminating racial discrimination, we remain confronted by critical barriers and challenges," she pointed out, mentioning  "increasing challenges connected to the global economic crisis, migration, terrorism, poverty and rising inequalities."

"These challenges affect in particular those who are already subject to discrimination on the grounds of their colour, race, descent, caste and ethnic or national origin.

"The EU also stands firm in addressing and combating hate speech. All human beings are equal in dignity and are entitled to enjoy their rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

"The European Union will continue to work closely with all our partner countries, regional and international organisations, as well as civil society for the elimination of racial discrimination across the world," Mogherini affirmed.

The High Representative recalled that in September 2015, European and world leaders agreed on the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, pledging to leave no one behind in their common commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development across the globe.
"On this day, the European Union once again calls on all states that have not yet done so to become parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. Determined and effective measures at the national, regional, and international levels are essential if we are to prevent and put an end to racial discrimination," she added.  
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