Contra Nocendi International and Contra Nocendi Cameroon are proud to stand up and promote efforts to combat racial discrimination globally on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day marks the notorious anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre that took place on March 21, 1960 when police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa. Police forces shot into a gathering of as many as 5,000 protesters who were rallying against the horrors of the apartheid system.
The 2018 theme for this day is to promote tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity to fight racial discrimination.
At Contra Nocendi, we take time out every March 21st to halt and remember the need to be steadfast in our efforts to promote equality and fight unjust treatment meted out to people. Being steadfast to us also means being committed to efforts to eliminate racial discrimination.
While we have seen a lot of progress, people continue to suffer from racial and ethnic discrimination every single day. This horrible and inhuman treatment causes suffering and restricts the affected people from accessing opportunities to grow and progress so that we can build a better, more inclusive world. Contra Nocendi will continue to strongly oppose racial discrimination by working as an organisation, and also with our partner to eliminate racial discrimination, intolerance and the resulting violation of human rights.