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  • Horrors of apartheid recalled as victims' forum ends
    07 september 2001 09:13:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The brutality of South Africa's apartheid system was vividly portrayed late Thursday by an 84-year-old black labourer who told a World Conferences Against Racism Special Forum that he was thrown off a farm and left to die after providing 40 years of service. Full text...

  • NGOs submit platform to WCAR conference
    06 september 2001 22:02:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The NGO meeting that preceded and later continued alongside the racism conference in Durban Wednesday urged States attending the forum to recommend reparations for past crimes, regardless of their form. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritania deny discrimination accusations
    06 september 2001 20:26:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The head of the Senegalese delegation to the UN world conference on racism, Aminata Tall, denied in Durban Wednesday accusations of an NGO forum report whereby "the griot caste is subjected to discrimination in Senegal". Full text...

  • South African Jewish group slams WCAR
    06 september 2001 20:15:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) charged Thursday that the Durban World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), had degenerated into an anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish gathering. Full text...

  • Youth summit presents its conclusions
    06 september 2001 20:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The international youth committee meeting in Durban during the world conference against racism Wednesday evening proposed an 11-point action plan on measures to be taken to fight against racism, discrimination and intolerance more effectively. Full text...

  • Racism issues unresolved as WCAR deadline draws near
    06 september 2001 18:50:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- It is still not certain whether a consensus would be reached on a final declaration at the World Conference against Racism, as negotiators scramble to agree on a number of controversies. Full text...

  • Indian Dalit caste members go on hunger strike at WCAR
    06 september 2001 17:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the Indian Dalit "untouchable" caste on Thursday announced that they have embarked on a hunger strike at the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to ensure their concerns are addressed in the final conference declaration. Full text...

  • Anti-racism meeting prepares draft recommendations
    06 september 2001 16:41:00
    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. Full text...

  • South African media focus on racism conference
    06 september 2001 10:22:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has drawn rich praise from around the world over the past week for the manner in which it has hosted the World Conference Against Racism. Full text...

  • NGOs stumble over inflammatory wording in declaration
    06 september 2001 08:33:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A declaration drawn up by non-governmental organisations at the ongoing World Conference Against Racism has been rejected by Western and southeast Asian NGOs, including five prominent human rights groups. Full text...

  • Palestinian gives a personal account of the Middle East tragedy
    06 september 2001 08:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Some 45 villages with a population of 70,000 in the Negev Desert face the danger of being wiped out any time because they are not recognised by Israel, a resident of the area has told the ongoing World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Arabs dismiss US pullout as smoke screen
    05 september 2001 23:57:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Arab caucus to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South African has dismissed the US withdrawal from the forum as a ploy to divert attention from other fears. Full text...

  • Islamic countries seem more conciliatory
    05 september 2001 23:46:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegates from member States of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), met in closed-door session Tuesday and agreed "not to give the enemies of the Palestinian State any pretext to scuttle the Durban World Conference Against Racism," reliable sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africans stick to their guns over demands for reparations
    05 september 2001 19:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Unlike the Arabs, who are prepared to wait for another occasion to press their case, Africans at the World Conference against Racism are far from relenting on their demand for apologies over western abuses. Full text...

  • Archbishop Tutu says WCAR can learn from South Africa
    05 september 2001 17:10:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Wednesday told journalists covering the World Conference Against Racism that the entire world could draw lessons from South Africa's experience in dealing with the legacy of apartheid. Full text...

  • Durban conference ready to make concessions
    05 september 2001 12:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Conference against Racism, under way in Durban since Friday, made substantial progress at the end of its fifth day. Full text...

  • Whither the World Conference Against Racism
    05 september 2001 12:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, is at pains convincing the world that the World Conference Against Racism "will achieve its mandate", despite the withdrawal of the US and Israeli delegations from the Durban parley. Full text...

  • WCAR delegates deadlock over slavery issue
    05 september 2001 11:41:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegates attending the World Conference Against Racism have failed to reach agreement over the issue of slavery and reparations. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe feels cheated by London and Washington
    05 september 2001 09:56:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- It was on the basis of commitments and promises made by the British and American governments that Zimbabwe agreed to national reconciliation, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the ongoing World Conference against Racism. Full text...

  • US sends out mixed signals after snubbing WCAR
    05 september 2001 08:39:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The United States which has come under enormous criticism for its decision to withdraw from the World Conference Against Racism has attempted to soften the blow by claiming it had not withdrawn completely. Full text...

  • Victims describe acts of racism in England, Australia and the US
    05 september 2001 08:15:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Victims of gross human rights abuses in England, Australia and the United States have added their voices to a special forum being held as part of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Comoros calls for liberation of Mayotte
    04 september 2001 23:50:00
    Durban- South-Africa (PANA) -- At the World Conference against Racism underway in Durban, South Africa, the government of Comoros has appealed to the international community to help liberate the island of Mayotte from colonial administration. Full text...

  • Trans-Atlantic solidarity in favour of reparations
    04 september 2001 23:48:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The world conference against racism and discrimination Tuesday staged a trans-Atlantic solidarity rally in favour of reparations for the prejudices endured for centuries by black communities and those of African origin. Full text...

  • WCAR debate moves on without the US and Israel
    04 september 2001 23:28:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The general debate at the World Conference against Racism continued Tuesday without the US and Israeli delegations, which withdraw the previous evening, and speakers addressed such modern forms of intolerance as xenophobia against migrant workers, the role of education and the racism of sanctions. Full text...

  • Play focuses on racism and reconciliation
    04 september 2001 23:17:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Personal stories of Apartheid brutality, injustice and the complex issues of truth and reconciliation are being staged on the sidelines of the World Conference against Racism holding in Durban. Full text...

  • Victims of racism describe horrific ordeals
    04 september 2001 23:05:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A 15-year-old South African school girl fought back tears on Monday as she described the humiliation she endured when she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting and painted white last year. Full text...

  • Jewish NGOs withdraw from WCAR in solidarity with Israel
    04 september 2001 17:33:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A number of Jewish non- governmental organisations have announced their withdrawal from the World Conference Against Racism on Tuesday, hours after the official Israeli delegation withdrew in solidarity with the US. Full text...

  • Play focuses on racism and reconciliation
    04 september 2001 16:18:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Personal stories of Apartheid brutality, injustice and the complex issues of truth and reconciliation are being staged alongside debates and presentations at the ongoing World Conference against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • WCAR debate moves on without US and Israel
    04 september 2001 12:43:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The general debate of the World Conference against Racism continued Tuesday without the US and Israeli delegations which withdrew late Monday. Full text...

  • Human Rights Commissioner Says WCAR Goals Attainable
    04 september 2001 12:24:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson says despite the withdrawal of the US and Israeli delegations from the World Conference Against Racism, she is confident that the conference will achieve its mandate. Full text...

  • US bolting from WCAR angers ANC, Palestinian delegations
    04 september 2001 11:00:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- As Israeli and US delegates jetted out of Durban on Tuesday, hours after announcing their withdrawal from the World Conference Against Racism, representatives of NGOs and human rights organizations continued to condemn the move. Full text...

  • Disappointment as U.S. Bolts Race Conference
    04 september 2001 08:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch Tuesday decried the decision of the United States delegation to withdraw from the UN World Conference against Racism being held in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Victims of racism describe their horrific ordeals
    04 september 2001 08:32:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A 15-year-old South African schoolgirl fought back tears as she described the humiliation she endured when she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting and painted white last year. Full text...

  • Fallout continues after Israel, US withdraw from WCAR
    04 september 2001 08:21:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The fallout following the decision of the United States and Israel to completely withdraw from the World Conference Against Racism continued Tuesday with delegates warning that the event could become a "total failure". Full text...

  • Angola asks South Africa for 10 billion dollars
    03 september 2001 23:59:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Angolan government Sunday night in Durban reminded the UN conference on racism of "the 10 billion dollars that a UN Security Council resolution has ordered the apartheid regime to pay as reparations". Full text...

  • African platform at the Durban Conference
    03 september 2001 23:46:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Notwithstanding their divergences on key controversial issues, Africans at the ongoing World Conference Against Racism converged in Durban with a nine- item platform adopted way back January at a preparatory conference held in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Mocumbi encourages citizens to denounce racism
    03 september 2001 23:27:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has encouraged fellow citizens to come forward and denounce any acts of racism and discrimination they may suffer based on the colour of their skin. Full text...

  • US withdrawal compounds proceedings at WCAR
    03 september 2001 23:24:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Most of the 154 countries officially registered for the World Conference Against Racism in Durban appear to be sticking to their Positions, with the US withdrawal Monday compounding the slow progress recorded by the Conference working groups. Full text...

  • Sudan shocked by Museveni's statement
    03 september 2001 23:17:00
    Durban- South-Africa (PANA) -- The Sudanese minister of justice, Ali Mohamed Osman Yasni, declared Sunday night that he was "shocked by the comparison made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni between the situation in the Middle East and the living conditions of blacks in Sudan". Full text...

  • DR Congo denounces "genocide" of its people
    03 september 2001 23:04:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday brought to the attention of the World Conference Against Racism "the insidious genocide" suffered by its people in the last three years. Full text...

  • Annan regrets US withdrawal from WCAR in Durban
    03 september 2001 22:52:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, currently touring Africa's troubled Great Lakes region, Monday described as "unfortunate and regrettable," the US withdrawal from the ongoing World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • UNDP spotlights link between human rights and development
    03 september 2001 21:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme has underscored the need for concrete steps against intolerance and racial discrimination to help the world meet development targets at the World Conference Against Racism which began Sunday in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • US slammed for withdrawing from WCAR
    03 september 2001 21:32:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The US decision to withdraw from the ongoing World Conference Against Racism in Durban over critical comments against Israel has drawn sharp criticism from host country South Africa. Full text...

  • Africa's spokesman calls for a compensation mechanism
    03 september 2001 15:14:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Zambian Vice President, Enoch P. Full text...

  • Dodging compensation for slavery to avoid complications
    03 september 2001 12:36:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The principle of compensation which is one of the hurdles at the World Conference against Racism, was deliberately caricatured to such an extent that one can't see the wood for the trees. Full text...

  • Orthodox Jews cause a stir at WCAR
    03 september 2001 11:51:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Several heads of state and government and thousands of delegates have set the stage for plenary debate that will guide the work of the historic UN Conference against Racism under way here. Full text...

  • Plight of a modern day slave moves delegates
    03 september 2001 10:00:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The plight of a 17-year-old slave from Niger has touched the hearts of delegates at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Poverty, underdevelopment caused by slavery and colonisation
    03 september 2001 09:41:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A number of government ministers from developing countries have told the World Conference Against Racism in Durban that many of the problems facing their nations, including poverty and underdevelopment, were linked to slavery and colonialism. Full text...

  • Durban conference in halting pace
    02 september 2001 18:08:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Notwithstanding the delivery of about 60 speeches highlighting efforts at national and regional levels to contain the vice, the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) underway in Durban, South Africa since Friday, has made little progress. Full text...

  • Zuma hopeful of breakthrough against global racism
    02 september 2001 15:06:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Vice-President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said that his government wass hopeful that delegates attending the World Conference Against Racism would be able to agree on a number of contentious issues of the agenda. Full text...

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