Cuba advocates in Geneva to eradicate racism and discrimination
Geneva, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s permanent representative to the United Nations office at Geneva Juan Antonio Quintanilla assured on Monday that, 20 years after the Durban Conference against Racism and Discrimination, those scourges are still present and confirm the validity of the agreed commitments. Cuba reiterates its support for their effective implementation and considers it necessary to recognize that their goals have yet to be fulfilled, the diplomat noted in a high-level panel dedicated to the anniversary of the event that charted the global path to fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. According to the Cuba’s ambassador, the planet is witnessing a growing wave of those scourges, which are promoted on social networks and other means of communication, almost always with impunity.
The Covid-19 pandemic evidences that the international order imposed by the powerful, instead of more cooperation and solidarity, exacerbates the multiple forms of discrimination and racism, particularly in their own societies, he warned. Quintanilla pointed out that in Cuba the 1959 Revolution brought about a process of radical changes, among them the demolishing impact on the structural bases of racism and the eradication of institutional discrimination. We show important results in this fight although there is still work to be done, said the diplomat at the forum, who highlighted the approval in 2019 of a National Program against Racism and Racial Discrimination, coordinated by a commission headed by the Presidency of the Republic.
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