International Humanist and Ethical Union 30 April 2009
By Sophie Erskine
The controversy of the Durban Review Conference has betrayed a new fear of freedom of expression
When he invited me to attend the Durban Review Conference (or “Durban II”), the 2009 United Nations World Conference against Racism held in Geneva this week, Roy Brown expressed the hope that “it doesn’t turn into a complete shambles.”
Geneva, Switzerland. With the close last week of the United Nations Durban II Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerances, the world’s oppressed should feel no safer. What went on in Geneva was a spectacle that would have made even the most jaded
Part failure? Part success? The outcome of Durban II could be debated ad infinitum.
Last week I came face to face with evil, as I stood just a few feet away from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We were both staying in the same hotel in Geneva. He was there to be the opening speaker at Durban II, a review and reprise of Durban I, the United Nations sponsored conference on racism that had turned into
In the past few months Coptic activists in and out of Egypt and have started to ask the Egyptian government to remove the identification of religion from the official national identification cards. They have also asked to have a law allowing construction of worshiping places.
The anti-racism conference organized by the United Nations from April 20th to 24th has just released its final declaration on the struggle against racism. The declaration tackles the question of genocides and their necessary recognition.