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PM for eliminating racial discrimination

  • Published at 11:00 pm March 22nd, 2020
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Monday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for the elimination of racial discrimination to fight against all kinds of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia.

In a message on the occasion of ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination-2020’, she said: “I join the international community in renewing our unwavering commitment to fight against all kinds of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia, and promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity, and respect for diversity.”

The prime minister also said that Bangladesh is a land of religious pluralism where people of different ethnic and religious identities have been living in peace and harmony since time immemorial.

“The greatest Bangali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, guaranteed in our Constitution, equality to all citizens, irrespective of religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth,” she said.

Drawing on the ethos of our Liberation War, she said the people of Bangladesh denounce any form of oppression, deprivation and dominance, and stand firmly beside minorities and people facing discrimination anywhere in the world.

As a state party to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Bangladesh remains committed to fulfilling its obligations, she added.

“We support the relevant resolutions of the UN on combating and eliminating racial acts and discrimination in the true spirit of multilateralism,” she added.

The prime minister urged all concerned to spread the message of a ‘Culture of Peace’ to promote understanding, dialogue and cooperation amongst and between all races, civilizations, cultures, and religions.

She went on to say: “Bangladesh underscores the need for countering growing ultra nationalist tendencies thriving on racial prejudice, hatred, and violence across various parts of the world.”

She said the international community needs to act unitedly to check the spread of such ideological trends.

To this end, the prime minister said: “We support the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech to counter incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence.”

“As we step into the Decade of Action for the implementation of the Agenda 2030, we urge all member states to exert maximum efforts to eliminate racial discrimination to ensure a dignified life for every human being,” she continued.