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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March, has been proclaimed by the UN-General Assembly in 1966. It commemorates a massacre of students in South Africa who were peacefully protesting against apartheid.

Since the 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, awareness for this memorial day has grown significantly in many countries around the world. UNESCO organizes an own programme on this occasion each year.

In Germany, the NGO “Intercultural Council of Germany” is very active in promoting the celebration of the International Day. It is publishing exhaustive information booklets and posters and updating a database on the several hundred events taking place. For practical purposes, the celebrations have been extended to “International Weeks against Racism” in Germany. Many German UNESCO Associated Schools are active during these weeks.

More information on how the "International Weeks" are organized in Germany, can be obtained from

Interkultureller Rat in Deutschland
Göbelstraße 21, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Tel: +49 6151 339971, Fax: +49 6151 3919740
E-Mail: info(at)