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Community action - be ashamed to be racist!

In 15 regions, and also in the republics of Ingushetia, Karelia in Russia and in Moldova and Ukraine will be held the annual international event �Stop Racism�. This event is being held with the support of the European network against nationalism, racism and fascism, UNITED, as part of the Europe wide campaign �Your Word against Racism�. This event will be a symbol of European solidarity in the fight against racial discrimination. Educational events - seminars, viewings of race related films, lessons in schools, processions, will be held under the slogan �Be ashamed to be racist� in Nizhniy Novgorod. Voronezh, Samara, Rostov-Na-Donu, Krasnodar, Pskov, Petrozavodsk and in many other cities in Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

As part of the event in Voronezh on the 21st March a direct line for foreign students will be set up, on hand to answer questions will be people from the Commission for Human Rights of Voronezh region, the Social Agency for Human Rights in the Russian Federation of the Voronezh area, the Public Prosecution and the Federal Registration Service of the Voronezh area.

Killings and attacks in Voronezh, St Petersburg and last year�s Neo-Nazi marches in Moscow, showed that how urgent the problem of intolerance is for our country, particularly intolerance of people of different nationalities. However, the purpose of our events is not only to bring the idea of tolerance to many young people, but to demonstrate the solidarity of all Europe in the war against racism and discrimination� - said Anastasia Nikitina, event organizer in Russia. The main idea of the event �Stop Racism� was produced by the International Youth Human Rights Movement, which in response to the murder of an African student in Voronezh, on the 21 March 2004, in many regions of Russia organized events, peace marches and lessons in schools. 21st March was the International Day Against Racism.

On this day in 1960, in Sharpeville, in South Africa, police opened fire and killed 69 people during a peaceful protest against Apartheid laws about obligatory certification for Africans.

Proclaiming this Day in 1966, the General Assembly of the United Nations, called on the international community to redouble its efforts to liquidate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution (2142 XXI).

Source: http://www.hro.org/

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