Ontario commemorates Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

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Ontario commemorates Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO, March 21 - The McGuinty government is reconfirming its commitment to a strong Ontario that embraces equality and respect, Attorney General Michael Bryant said today while commemorating United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In 1966, six years after 69 peaceful, anti-apartheid demonstrators were massacred in Sharpeville, South Africa, the United Nations proclaimed March 21st as a day of remembrance of those who have died around the world fighting against racial intolerance and discrimination. "Racism in any form is a violation of human rights and human dignity," said Bryant. "It weakens humankind, and must be fought wherever it is found. It is up to each of us to combat any instances of racial discrimination or intolerance we may witness -- to stand up and state loud and clear that it is unacceptable in any form, at any time. Our communities, and our province, will be stronger for our actions." Bryant also saluted Madam Justice Louise Arbour for her recent appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "Justice Arbour served as a judge in Ontario's court system and on the Supreme Court of Canada, and has distinguished herself internationally as a leader in the fight for human rights and against racism," Bryant said. "Her accomplishments have made a difference and should serve as inspiration for us all." Disponible en fran├žais www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.caFor further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210