WCAR: Togolese rights group hopeful

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The president of Togo's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) Komi Gnondoli, has expressed the hope that the Durban World Conference against Racism (WCAR) would help sustain the spirit of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Commenting moments before leaving Lome for South Africa, Gnondoli played down controversies surrounding the conference agenda, saying he would rather wait for a preliminary meeting in Johannesburg to sort out a common position for Africa.
While conceding that slavery was an unacceptable degradation of human dignity as well as a crime against humanity, Gnondoli conceded that the issue of compensation was a delicate matter that continues to divide the international community.
The African group president nonetheless insisted on the need for apologies to soothe the wounded hearts of those who suffered the ills of the Slave Trade and colonisation.
Concerning racial discrimination, the CNDH president said that in practice, the problem does not exist in Togo.
"Even if our country is not experiencing this phenomenon as such, the CNDH guards against it through education on the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination", he explained.

27 august 2001 15:43:00




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