NGOs reject government nominees for WCAR

Paris- France (PANA) -- A group of French NGOs says delegates appointed by the Paris government to the forthcoming World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, are not representative of the entire civil society.
The NGOs claimed that two organisations, the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA), and the Movement against Racism for Friendship between People (MRAP), had been unduly favoured in the nomination.
"These two organisations cannot represent us.
They have been picked because of their ties with the powers that be," charged Kape de Bana, Chairman of the World Council of the Pan African Diaspora.
Assani Fassassi, Chairperson of the group, Sons and Daughters of Deported Africans (COFFAD), also denounced the government's choice.
The protesting NGOs alleged that the two organisations, might have promised not to raise issues that could embarrass France at the 28 August-7 September WCAR.
"I wonder how one could receive patronage from a (government) and incriminate it afterwards," charged Mireille Palme Balin, of the Pan African Alliance.
Meanwhile, the protesting NGOs have therefore vowed to send their own delegates to Durban.
To this end, they are levying their members for funds to cover the air tickets and accommodation allowances of the separate delegates.

23 august 2001 22:00:00

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