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Durban Anti-Racism Conference Text Modification Welcomed by UN

Several thousand people have registered to participate in the gathering, including more than 100 heads of delegation from Member States and over 2,500 representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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(GENEVA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today congratulated nations for agreeing on the text of a draft outcome to be adopted at next week's anti-racism gathering in Geneva, stressing that the process under way will help millions of people suffering from intolerance worldwide.

Navi Pillay said that the 16-page document, agreed on by the Preparatory Committee this afternoon, will have an “easy passage” through the Durban Review Conference because it was so “well-deliberated” by States.

“It has not been an easy process, but it is excellent that delegates have agreed on the key issues,” she said.

“This process is very important for the sake of all the millions of people who suffer from racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance every day, of every week, in every part of the world.”

The High Commissioner hailed the spirit of consensus that led to agreement on the document, commending States' commitment to “move forward together to tackle the scourge of racism.”

The five-day Review Conference, opening on April 20th, seeks to assess progress and implementation thus far of the landmark Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) agreed on by States eight years ago.

As of this morning, nearly 4,000 people had registered to participate in the gathering, including more than 100 heads of delegation from Member States and over 2,500 representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

“The commitments made by governments in 2001 were forceful and ground-breaking, but there is still much to be done in implementing them,” Ms. Pillay said.

“The aim of next week's conference is to reinvigorate implementation of those wide-ranging commitments so that we can eliminate discriminatory practices and intolerance.”

Acknowledging that it is only normal that opinions differ in a diverse world, she voiced hope that by the end of the gathering, which will also be attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a clear message will be sent out that “we are, indeed, united against racism.”

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Vic April 20, 2009 7:09 am (Pacific time) sound very very racist. I can assume you wont be making the conference either? Do you really believe the things you say? Are there Jews wanting to live in the West bank or Gaza slums, but those danged Palestinian terrorists wont let them? And when Israel bombs the most densely populated place on earth, herds families into buildings then shells them (didnt the Nazis do that too?) well those A-rabs are just using their children as shields. I suppose the FBI folks at the Edward Murrow building who brought their kids to work were doing the same thing, right? For people like Laura, blinded by religious hatred, Israel can do no wrong and the A-Rabs can do no right. They mirror the Jew-haters to a T, yet fail to see their own prejudices.

Laura April 19, 2009 12:03 pm (Pacific time)

A few points about the racist UN -Durban "anti-racism" conference 1) When will Arab racists and Islamic bigots let go of the UN and stop hijacking it with it's lobbies? Why is Arab terror singling out Jews not racist? [ - Arabism is racism! ] 2) Why is the essence of the entire "conflict'" not a form of bigotry by Arab Muslims who can't "accept" the non Arab non Muslim pluralistic democratic Israel. 3) Are Jews living or allowed to live in racist "Palestinian" controlled territories? 4) When will lefty radical Meretz/B'Tzelem talk about preferencial treatments to Arabs OVER jews, like in Hebron and in other cases? 5) Why is (Arab Palestinian or Hezbollah) use if its own kids as cannon fodders considered "innocent victims"? 6) Is Israel battling just terrorism or an ARAB MUSLIM CAMPAIGN OF GENOCIDE since the 1920's?

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