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  • UNESCO official says traders had licences to buy slaves
    29 august 2001 22:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Slave traders took commercial licences to conduct their trade in millions of Africa's vibrant sons and daughters forcefully transported across the Atlantic in the 15th century to work plantations of the Americas and the Antilles, a UNESCO official said Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • South Africans fear unemployment and crime than racism
    29 august 2001 21:45:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Most South Africans regard racism as a serious problem, but they do not feel that it is an immediate crisis in their lives. Full text...

  • NGOs deplore Powell's absence from Durban conference
    29 august 2001 21:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French NGOs have deplored the US government decision not to send a high-level delegation to the World Conference against racism to be held in Durban, South Africa from 31 August to 7 September. Full text...

  • Michel Houellebecq's book sparks off controversy
    29 august 2001 19:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several anti- sexual and racial discrimination organisations have reacted angrily against Michel Houellebecq's book, "Plate-forme" published by Flammarion in Paris, on the eve of the world conference against racism (WCAR). Full text...

  • Moroccan group urges condemnation of 'Zionist racism'
    29 august 2001 19:23:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's association for the support of the Palestinian struggle, or AMSLP, has called on countries taking part in the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, to condemn "Zionist racism". Full text...

  • Youths say slavery is crime against humanity
    29 august 2001 18:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian youths have said that slavery should be declared as a crime against humanity. Full text...

  • Campaigners call for justice on apartheid induced debt
    29 august 2001 17:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Campaign groups from Europe and Southern Africa are to issue a demand Thursday that specifically calls for the cancellation of debts incurred by countries close to South Africa over their fight against the apartheid regime. Full text...

  • Mbeki criticised over remarks at NGO Forum
    29 august 2001 16:06:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), Wednesday expressed disappointment that President Thabo Mbeki did not celebrate the country's successful transition to non-racial democracy in his opening speech at Tuesday's NGO Forum in Durban. Full text...

  • Amara Essy supports compensation for slavery
    29 august 2001 14:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amara Essy, the secretary general of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), said Tuesday in Dakar that he supported demands for compensation for the slave trade and colonisation. Full text...

  • Freedom front exhibits pictures of farm murders
    29 august 2001 12:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Freedom Front political party, which has been calling for an Afrikaner homeland, has opened its stall at the venue of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Youths march against racism in rural South Africa
    29 august 2001 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of the Durban World Conference against Racism, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in South Africa Tuesday held a march in Petersburg to decry racism in small towns, rural areas and farms. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan arrives in South Africa for WCAR
    29 august 2001 08:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UN secretary general Kofi Annan is expected in South Africa Wednesday ahead of the World Conference against Racism that opens in Durban on Friday. Full text...

  • Scholar highlights historical African navigational skills
    28 august 2001 21:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An African economist has highlighted the contribution of African sailors to modern day navigational scientific knowledge long before Christopher Columbus appeared on the scene to "discover America". Full text...

  • Mixed fortunes for South Africa's immigrant workers
    28 august 2001 19:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- For many, South Africa represents a nation of miracles, a land rich in culture, a country wealthy beyond belief. Full text...

  • WCAR: Mbeki decries excesses of new economic order
    28 august 2001 17:26:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of the World Conference against Racism set to begin on Friday, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa Tuesday affirmed at an NGO forum that sweeping changes to injustices around the world could be made through conscious intervention. Full text...

  • Namibia rallies behind compensation call
    28 august 2001 17:02:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, PANA -- With only a few days before the conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance begins in Durban, South Africa, Namibia has restated its resolve to press for reparations for slavery and colonialism. ) Full text...

  • UNESCO slates roundtables for Durban racism conference
    28 august 2001 14:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahead of the racism conference opening in Durban on Friday, UNESCO has announced it would at the forum organise three roundtables focusing on new forms of discrimination, notably those linked to genetic progress, the consequences of the slave trade and the role of the media in the fight against racism. Full text...

  • Zambia sends advance team to racism conference
    28 august 2001 14:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An official Zambian delegation to the world conference against racism which starts Friday in the South African city of Durban left Lusaka Tuesday, armed with papers on the Zambian experience to be presented to the meeting. Full text...

  • Anti-racism Conference should produce concrete results
    28 august 2001 14:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN-sponsored World Conference Against Racism opening Friday in Durban, South Africa, should lead to concrete programmes at combating racial discrimination around the world, Human Rights Watch urged Tuesday. Full text...

  • WCAR: Israel seeks Benin's support
    28 august 2001 13:19:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Israeli Prime Minister's diplomatic adviser, Ouadia Soffer, has appealed to President Mathieu Kerekou for Benin's support against the possible condemnation of Israel at the World Conference against racism, to hold 31 August to 7 September in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Rights group wants Racism Conference to condemn Cote d'Ivoire
    28 august 2001 13:05:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch has urged the forthcoming Conference against racism in Durban, South Africa to condemn the government of Cote d'Ivoire for allegedly inciting hatred based on ethnic and religious differences. Full text...

  • US under fire for boycotting World Conference against Racism
    28 august 2001 12:49:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The US government has come under fire after confirming that it will not be sending its Secretary of State, Colin Powell, to the World Conference against Racism because of concerns it has about anti-Israel statements contained in the agenda. Full text...

  • Rift widens over Zionism ahead of WCAR
    28 august 2001 09:00:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Israeli youths Tuesday stormed out of a UN Youth Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, in protest against anti-Zionism sentiment. Full text...

  • A lesson from Rwandan genocide
    27 august 2001 19:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- After escaping from a shattering episode that still makes front-page news, survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide have more than a legal battle in mind. Full text...

  • WCAR: Togolese rights group hopeful
    27 august 2001 15:43:00
    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. Full text...

  • Josselin leads French team to World Conference Against Racism
    27 august 2001 15:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Co-operation and Francophonie Affairs Minister Charles Josselin, is leading the French government delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, which opens Thursday in Durban, South Africa, Foreign Ministry sources said in Paris Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group wants Cote d'Ivoire indicted for xenophobia
    27 august 2001 14:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of the World Conference against Racism in Durban, the New York based Human Rights Watch has released a report indicting the authorities in Cote d'Ivoire for condoning and even inciting xenophobia. Full text...

  • CAR to take stock of finances
    27 august 2001 12:58:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) would 10-12 September hold its first ever national consultations on the country's financial performance with a view to redefining future social and economic options. Full text...

  • Malawian immigrant still feels like foreigner 18 years later
    27 august 2001 12:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Malawian Chimaimba Banda has been living in South Africa for the past 18 years but he says he still feels like a foreigner in this land of gold. Full text...

  • Advocate lauds French laws on immigrant workers
    27 august 2001 09:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A leading African lawyer and human rights advocate has lauded aspects of the French legal system which pay due attention to the interests of domestic workers, most of whom are Africans. Full text...

  • President Eyadema receives Israeli message
    26 august 2001 15:19:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema on Friday received a message from the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in connection with the World Conference Against Racism scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa from 31 August to 7 September. Full text...

  • President Wade comes under scathing attacks
    25 august 2001 18:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several members of the African Diaspora in France, meeting Friday in Paris, lashed out at President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal for his stance against calls for reparations on the abuses of slavery and colonisation. Full text...

  • Debate over the reform of the World Bank and the IMF
    25 august 2001 18:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Three international NGOs expressing solidarity with countries of the South are pushing for World Bank and IMF reform programmes to be featured at the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Police arrests another suspect in Cardoso's murder
    24 august 2001 23:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police have arrested another suspect in the murder case of the country's best-known journalist, Carlos Cardoso, who was killed in November 2000. Full text...

  • Mocumbi wants an apology but not compensation for slavery
    24 august 2001 23:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique wanted the developed world to apologise for the evils of slavery and colonialism, but was not pushing for reparations for the years of the slave trade and of colonial rule. Full text...

  • NGOs reject government nominees for WCAR
    23 august 2001 22:00:00
    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. Full text...

  • Guadaloupian-born French footballer for racism conference
    23 august 2001 14:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Guadaloupian-born French professional footballer, Lilian Thuram, is expected to attend the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to be held in Durban, South Africa later this month. Full text...

  • French NGOs adopt a common platform for WCAR
    23 august 2001 14:26:00
    Paris- France (France) -- A number of French non-governmental organisations have adopted a common platform of demands to be presented at the World Conference Against Racism which opens next week in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • ANC women march against racism
    23 august 2001 09:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The African National Congress Women's League on Wednesday mobilised hundreds of community members and women in support of a march called by the Ministers Fraternal in the Southern Cape town of George. Full text...

  • AI wants victims of racism highlighted at WCAR
    22 august 2001 16:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International has expressed fears that conflicts of interest likely to emerge at the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in Durban could throw victims of racism into oblivion. Full text...

  • Paris-based African groups seek French help for WCAR
    22 august 2001 10:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A growing number of African groups are calling on the French government to include their leaders in the country's official delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, starting 31 August in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Slavery's disastrous impact on Africa
    21 august 2001 20:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- As postulated by History Professor Daniel Abwa of Cameroonian nationality, the major consequence of the Slave Trade for Africa was its being stripped of its manpower. Full text...

  • Thousands protest against Israel ahead of WCAR
    21 august 2001 16:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An estimated 30,000 Muslims marched through the streets of Cape Town on Tuesday protesting against Israel's oppression of Palestinians. Full text...

  • Scholar says reparation for slavery is not enough
    21 august 2001 10:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- In the run up to the Durban conference on racism, an African sociologist has asserted that even if pecuniary reparations were paid to African by the West for slavery and colonisation, these might not necessarily be the ultimate solution to the continent's developmental problems. Full text...

  • Racists considered Blacks sub humans
    20 august 2001 22:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Advocates of racism against Blacks actually held the outrageous view that the Negro was sub human. Full text...

  • Opposition wants issues in Zimbabwe to feature at WCAR
    20 august 2001 12:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk of the opposition Democratic Alliance has called on Pretoria to ensure that ongoing violence and "racism against white Zimbabweans" feature on the agenda at the forthcoming World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Controversy persists on WCAR agenda
    19 august 2001 14:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Sunday that the contentious issues of Zionism being equated to racism and that of reparations for slavery, were still on the agenda of the UN World Conference Against Racism. Full text...

  • Advocacy for a shared human history
    19 august 2001 12:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Working out concensus on the agenda of the upcoming UN conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and inteolerance slated to run 31 August through 7 September in Durban, South Africa was no easy task for the organising committee that met late July in Geneva. Full text...

  • The West should acknowledge and make up for its crimes
    19 august 2001 10:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahead of the Durban conference on racism, the President of an Afro-Antilles NGO known as the Rally for Democracy and Civic Awareness (RDC), Joby Valente, has said it would help lay the foundation for a better world if western countries acknowledged their crimes against humanity and paid reparations. Full text...

  • NGOs, Civil Society set to contribute at WCAR
    18 august 2001 19:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The success of the World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance will hinge on the involvement of NGOs and civil society organisations in its preparation. Full text...

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