International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination focuses on young people in the fight against racism. Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance, and hate speech are unfortunately still present all around the world. In the last year, in particular, young people have demonstrated that they play an important role in combatting these harmful practices, for example by showing support for the “Black Lives Matter” movement, within which they have been actively pointing out the injustices based on race or colour.
The international day does not only provide an opportunity for addressing racism but also discrimination against the most vulnerable groups of the population, which is even more relevant today in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has further exacerbated existing disparities and has highlighted discriminatory practices that were not visible until now. It has heavily impacted children and young people, particularly those from vulnerable groups.
The elimination of all forms of discrimination is one of Slovenia's foreign policy priorities in the field of human rights. Tolerance and respect should feature both at the state level and across society and its individual members, where education systems and human rights education underpinning an understanding, tolerant, solidary, and multicultural society play a major role. Slovenia supports the World Programme for Human Rights Education, and through its Our Rights project, it has provided education on children's rights to more than 250,000 children across 26 European, Asian, Latin American, African, and Middle East countries since 2005.
Within international organisations, Slovenia will continue advocating for the implementation of international legal instruments for the fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and other forms of intolerance. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination constitutes the fundamental legal basis for combatting all forms of racial discrimination.