|"International opposition to
"apartheid in South Africa
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on "21 March. On that day, in 1960, police "opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful "demonstration in "Sharpeville, "South Africa, against the "apartheid "pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the "United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of "racial "discrimination.
In South Africa, Human Rights Day is a public holiday celebrated on 21 March each year. This day commemorates the lives that have been lost to fight for democracy and equal human rights in South Africa during the "Apartheid regime (a regime which embraced "racial discrimination). The "Sharpeville Massacre during Apartheid on 21 March 1960 is the particular reference day for this public holiday.
Every year the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is under one specific theme:
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