Press release - 227(2011)

2011 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Statement by Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers

Strasbourg, 18.03.2011 - “In today’s increasingly diverse Europe, we must never forget the fundamental principle that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” declared Ahmet Davutoğlu, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21st March

“Now more than ever, as we respond to the challenges of our changing societies, there is a need to fight all forms of racism and xenophobia.

“The Council of Europe is determined to pursue its work, through all the means at its disposal, notably the European Court of Human Rights, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, the Commissioner for Human Rights, to ensure that no one is subjected to discrimination or exposed to hatred because of their race, colour, sex, language, religion, origin or other motives,“ he added.

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