The United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim has made a statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -- March 21 (Thursday).
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SV Dr. Waldheim speaking in English to camera
"Today, March 21st, is the anniversary of the tragedy of Sharpeville, and it has been established by the United Nations as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The purpose of doing this was to remind us annually of an evil which daily afflicts so many of our fellow-citizens of the world.
Although we have made much progress in our task of ending racial discrimination, much remains to be done. We still see many areas of the world racial prejudice still persists, and creates bitterness and misery.
Racial discrimination -- in whatever form it takes, or wherever it occurs -- is in itself wrong. It is wholly contrary to the spirit of our times. It is in defiance of all standards of decent relations between human beings. But it is also a danger to peace, and a barrier against the social progress for which all mankind yearns.
Last December, the United Nations proclaimed a ten-year programma to eliminate this evil, and to work, together towards a true and lasting racial harmony between all peoples.
So, on this day, let us dedicate ourselves vigorously to ensure that this goal will be achieved."
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Background: The United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim has made a statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -- March 21 (Thursday).
March 21 is the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, when South African police shot at unarmed Africans protesting against the pass laws. They killed 69 Africans and wounded 180.
During a week of functions held by the National Committee of Apartheid, Ghana's Foreign Affairs Commissioner Major Kwame Baah called for definite action to back up the attack on racial discrimination and apartheid. He said that 14 years after Sharpeville, apartheid had shown little or no sign of moderation or elimination. The system of pass laws, and forced labour had become more firmly entrenched.
Dr. Waldheim's statement appears on film. A transcript follows.