Didier Reynders calls to continue the fight against racism and discrimination
Today is the international day to combat racism and discrimination. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders attaches great importance to this issue and calls for continued joint efforts in this fight. Unfortunately, racism and other forms of discrimination are still a reality worldwide, also within the EU and Belgium.
This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Our country ratified this convention in 1975 and we are convinced that universal ratification and - more importantly - the implementation of this convention is particularly useful in the global fight against racism and discrimination.
With the anti-racism and anti-discrimination laws, our country has a strong legislative framework to combat racism. However, we cannot tackle this issue with laws only, so a number of additional initiatives have been taken over the years, such as the reactivation of the guard cell against anti-Semitism. Our country has also committed itself to work on an action plan against racism.
Also on the international level, our country tries to play an active role when it comes to racismbru. In recent years, Belgium has regularly worked to bring people together in a multilateral context, aiming for constructive dialogue and consensus on this issue as much as possible. Last year, for example, Belgium set up a "Group of Friends against Racism" in New York together with South Africa.