Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A sub-regional workshop opened here Monday to discuss the role of civil society in implementing the Durban Plan of Action on Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance.
The three-day meeting gathered some 35 delegates from civil society organisations, representatives of human rights organisations and researchers from Central Africa who attended the World Summit against Racism held from 31 August to 8 September in South Africa.
According to Oumar Ba, regional official of the UN Human Rights Commission, the meeting is intended to "sensitise participants on the dangers that Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance pose for peace".
The delegates are expected to identify the causes, forms and manifestations of discrimination in Central Africa, but also the main obstacles hindering the elimination of these ills.
They will assess the level of implementation of the Durban plan of action, reflect how civil society in the sub-region can efficiently implement it.
They also plan to discuss the content of the national instruments devised for human rights protection in compliance with international norms.