Praxis Watch

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Colour of One’s Skin Is as Important as the Colour of One’s Eyes

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marked on 21 March, Praxis and Liceulice organized a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the necessity of elimination of racial discrimination in the period from 15-23 March 2014.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is marked in memory of 69 persons who were killed on 21 March 1960 for protesting against the racial apartheid policy in the South African city Sharpeville. In 1966, United Nations General Assembly decided that 21 March would be marked as the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination..

Within the European Week against Racism, Praxis and Liceulice wanted to draw the attention of the authorities and wider public to the fact that members of the minority groups, primarily the Roma, are exposed to racial discrimination which inevitably leads to their social exclusion. Despite the national and international legislation on prohibition of discrimination, members of the Roma population are still facing the serious problems in accessing socioeconomic rights. Roma population is living on the edge of poverty, in informal settlements disappearing for the sake of the idea of large infrastructural projects, and Roma become homeless deprived of the access to the right to adequate housing. The members of the Roma population are often perceived as second-class citizens exposed to prejudices, stereotypes and intolerance by the majority population, media and authorities.

Praxis and Liceulice are posting antiracial messages in the social networks, and in the postcards they wrote messages depicting racism as seen through the prism of students, Roma addressing Praxis for assistance, buyers of the magazine Liceulice and others. The postcards were afterwards sent to the responsible institutions and collected messages were distributed via social networks. Together with IPAK.Centre, the night graffiti action of marking the safe place was organized.

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