A tolerant and welcoming Wales

Jane Hutt delivered her keynote address  Photo: CNP

The New Zealand shooting by terrorist that killed 50 people and dozens more injured has taken the focus attention of  UN International day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination. The conference kicked off with a minute of silence marking respect for the victims.

“The shooting is part of the consequence of following white supremacy model ideology and sometimes the consequences can be fatal” says Rofio Cifuentes Chief Executive officer Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales.

Xenophobia and racial intolerance are increasingly becoming an important discussion to promote unity she added.

Yaina Samuel, a participant in the half-day conference held at the Pierhead Building today said that the narrative around racism is changing with more people speaking against it.

“Younger people are involved in hate crime and we are not giving enough platform for people to stand up and speak up. I think the more we have events and education we have like these, the sooner we will be able to eradicate racism,” says Ms Samuel.

Yaina Samuel  Photo: CNP

She said however, radical changes around this subject would take time. It is the effort of NGO’s such as Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales to promote greater mutual respect and harmony among races in Cardiff.

“People who look different are often singled out and the potential or target for racial abuse” says Ms Cifuentes, adding, “We are trying to counter that with the message of unity and respect. Particularly Wales would remain a tolerant, diverse and welcoming place for everyone”.

Participants Photo: CNP

This day is a part of international events following the United Nations Anti-Racism day that was held in Cardiff at the weekend.

According to the United Nations, the killing of 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa led to the UN General Assembly proclamation of 21st March, as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 1966.

In the recent resolution on eliminating racism, the United Nations General Assembly noted that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies.

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