Durban Review Conference: united against racism!
Civil Society Forum in Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva. 17-19 April 2009
In spite of manifold efforts to block it, to defame de·fame
tr.v. de·famed, de·fam·ing, de·fames
1. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
2. Archaic To disgrace. it, to characterize it at as a 'masquerade' and whatever else, the NGO NGO
Noun 1. NGO - an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
nongovernmental organization Forum for the Durban Review Conference opened with an inspiring film on women's creativity in post-apartheid South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. . This gave a beautiful introduction to the spirit of the NGO Forum held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, with nearly 20,000 participants--quite a contrast to Geneva in 2009, with only 400 participants.
Speakers warned against racist tendencies. Professor Doudou Diene Dienes are hydrocarbons which contain two double bonds. Dienes are intermediate between alkenes and polyenes. Classes
Dienes can be divided into three classes:
Chinese rising aimed at ousting foreign interlopers (1900). [Chinese Hist. and Related Intolerance, voiced alarm that today academics can debate that Black people are 'intellectually inferior' to those of the White 'race', a long discredited concept said to have been revived recently by a Nobel laureate in medicine. He noted that all forms of racism are on the rise globally and deplored the lack of political will to confront it. As well, he called attention to the rise of Islamophobia and urged legislation against the incitement in·cite
tr.v. in·cit·ed, in·cit·ing, in·cites
To provoke and urge on: troublemakers who incite riots; inciting workers to strike. See Synonyms at provoke. of racism and hatred that leads to violence.
Edna Poland from Brazil, a member of the Expert Group on the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA DDPA Delta Dental Plans Association
DDPA Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (UN declaration against racism) ), praised the very positive results of Durban 2001. Unfortunately, they had been practically set aside by the tragic events of September 11th, immediately following the conference. "We are now struggling within a very limited space", she said, and further barriers are being put up to even narrow this space. Those who are promoting racism accuse others of being racists.
She characterised the confrontational nature of the preparatory process for this UN Review Conference, as a kind of "guerrilla war" between the European group (including the U.S. and Israel) and the Muslim world plus Africa and some parts of Asia. As example, she cited the Europeans' efforts to denounce every call for legislation to prohibit incitement of racial hatred as an infringement on 'freedom of expression'.
Women with such different perspectives as Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X Malcolm X, 1925–65, militant black leader in the United States, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, b. Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb. He was introduced to the Black Muslims while serving a prison term and became a Muslim minister upon his release in 1952. and Dr. Betty Shabazz, and that of Senator Anne Mary Lizin, honorary president of the Belgian Senate, closed the evening event expressing their profound wishes that the forthcoming UN Review Conference should be successful and should build on the landmark provided by the 2001 Durban Conference. Ms. Shabazz expressed her strong desire that the U.S. government, whose president she had helped to elect, should participate, in vain. The U.S. (which had walked out of the 2001 conference) in 2009 decided to boycott it.
At Saturday's opening session human rights activist Mireille Fanon Mendes, Frantz Fanon's daughter, urged cutting through false and distorted notions. There are states that produce racist laws under the cover of denouncing racism, she said. This is incompatible with the UN Charter and humanitarian law.
Professor Yash Tandon, a Ugandan citizen of Indian origin, referred to his book Reflections and Foresight on Development and Globalisation: Daring to think different (South Centre, Geneva 2009), in which he describes all colonial settler regimes as racist and in total opposition to the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was adopted without dissent but with eight abstentions. . It would mean trivialising the meaning of the colonial settler regime in Israel if one only reflected on it with reference to the influence of a 'Zionist lobby' in the U.S. It was, he said, to be referred to within the anti-colonial revolutionary process that again was to be understood within the framework delivered by the French Revolution and its ideas of basic human rights. Such a moral framework, if taken seriously, would make settler colonialism that has always been directed against indigenous populations morally inacceptable. It was clear that the situation of the Palestinian people and that of reparations reparations, payments or other compensation offered as an indemnity for loss or damage. Although the term is used to cover payments made to Holocaust survivors and to Japanese Americans interned during World War II in so-called relocation camps (and used as well to for colonial exploitation and enslavement en·slave
tr.v. en·slaved, en·slav·ing, en·slaves
To make into or as if into a slave.
en·slavement n. of entire populations were for him burning and related issues.
Karl Flecker of the Canadian Labour Union The Canadian Labour Union (1872 – 78) was the first attempt at a national central organization to represent labour unions. It was founded in Toronto, Ontario on Sept. 23, 1873, by 46 local unions. Congress reflected on the social and economic issues linked to the question of racism. Nimalka Fernando from Sri Lanka, president of the International Movement against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism, described worsening of the very exploitative labour conditions in the South. Discussions throughout the weekend included the expression of strong concerns about increasing acts of xenophobia against migrant workers and their families as well as against asylum seekers. The incitement to hatred based on religious beliefs, in particular the serious increase in Islamo-phobia, was condemned as was anti-Semitism.
A well-attended workshop on the Plight of the Palestine People provided first-hand information on the situation in Gaza from Charles Dedon (former director of Geneva Civil Defense) and Dr. Saad Elnounoun (French expert in human health), representing an international civil defence organisation.
The "Independent Jewish Voices" from Canada were among those participating in the NGO Forum who felt strongly about the need to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people. They also expressed their opposition to 'Zionist and pro-Israeli groups coming to Geneva on April 20th, working to derail de·rail
intr. & tr.v. de·railed, de·rail·ing, de·rails
1. To run or cause to run off the rails.
2. this crucially important conference in the name of observing the holocaust'. These Canadian Jews were not the only ones who felt 'alarmed by the escalating use of intimidation and fear tactics by some prominent Jewish organisations to distract attention from Israel's flagrant violations of international humanitarian law'.
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general, spoke at the final session of the conference, which had been organized by a group of NGOs including World Against Racism Network, with active participation by Krishna Ahoojapatel and Edith Ballantyne of WILPF WILPF Women's International League for Peace and Freedom .
From report by Irene Eckert, German WILPF, with contributions by Maria Jomaa, Geneva intern