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24 Sep, 2011

Carry on the fight against racism — chinadaily.com.cn

It is important to note that the 10th anniversary is not meant to single out any country for criticism or to pour salt in anyone’s wounds. Rather, it provides a platform for all nations to confirm their commitment to the values and principles of equality and non-discrimination and the measures by the international community to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

The boycott of the Durban Review Conference and this year’s anniversary is a testimony to Western countries’ hypocrisy and lack of respect for fundamental human rights, including equality and the right to freedom of expression, supposedly strongly defended in the West. It clearly shows the West’s double standards over the issue of combating racism. The withdrawal from the conference by several Western countries exposes some countries’ fears of being held accountable for the implementation of the Durban Declaration.

via Carry on the fight against racism|Op-Ed Contributors|chinadaily.com.cn.