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Brecha weekly criticizes anti-racist forum boycott in Uruguay

Brecha weekly criticizes anti-racist forum boycott in Uruguay

Montevideo, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) The Brecha weekly on Sunday criticized that Uruguay was the only South American country that boycotted at the United Nations the official commemoration of the 20 years of the World Conference against Racism.
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The weekly pointed out that it was a stance taken ‘in line with an initiative of the United States and Israel, dissonant with commitment to human rights the Uruguayan State usually shoulders over international forums.’

Such a stance was made public following President Luis Lacalle Pou told it personally to the authority of Jewish Organization ¨B’nai B’rith, Dan Mariaschin¨, in New York.

The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Forms of Intolerance was held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.

Leaders and members of the Afro-Uruguayan Movement expressed their ‘firm and forceful rejection’ of the government decision on ‘a process that provided Afro decent worlwide with visibility, recognition and preponderance, a key link in the all-important achievements of the 20st century.’

Leticia Rodríguez wrote on El País newspaper that ‘it is not a gesture of solidarity that the president does not participate in such an important event for the 300,000 Afro decent who live in Uruguay, it is an offense, a symbolic violence.’

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