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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
14 Mar 2011

This international day takes place on March 21 each year. This date was chosen to remind people of something which happened on that day in 1960.

In Sharpeville, South Africa, a group of people were peacefully demonstrating against Apartheid laws which did not allow black people to have the same rights as white people. Police opened fire on this group of unarmed protesters and 69 people were killed. The laws in South Africa were changed, but there are still many places in the world where people of different cultures in the one country are not allowed to have the same rights as others.

The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us that we are all responsible for seeing that everyone in our country is given a 'fair go' whatever race, colour or cultural background he or she may come from.

Australia has many different peoples who come from many different places around the world. We are a multicultural society.

In South Australia we celebrate many festivals and events. Many of these are about special national days and religious festivals. Many of these are open for everyone to join in and learn more about the different cultures which make up the Australian people.

Why not read our topic ‘What is diversity?'

You could also check out the Multicultural calendar to find out what is happening in your part of South Australia this month.