BY MR. LEWIS CHANGUFU,
COMMISSIONER OF THE PERMANENT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
OF ZAMBIA MADE UNDER AGENDA ITEM 9
Allow me, like those that
have spoken before me to congratulate you on your election as president of this
important World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination Xenophobia
and Related Intolerance.
Speaking as a National
Institution constitutionally mandated to promote and protect human rights and
fundamental freedoms at domestic level, I can safely state that the real work
begins after Durban. However knowing fully well that Human Rights are a concern
for the whole community of nations, Durban offers us that opportunity of marshalling
a renewed vision in the fight against racism and related intolerance.
I for one, consider standards
put in place to fight Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related
Intolerance by the International community, as being prone to subtle violations
and as such, let us be mindful of this fact. As we negotiate a programme of
action, member states participating in this World Conference, in addition to
putting in place effective mechanisms prevention and redress, are expected to
exhibit political will necessary for realizing their measures.
Durban must be a revival
to recapture the lost African spirit of tolerance and mutual respect that for
centuries has held the African society together. Africa has witnessed what intolerance
with its attendant problems can do to a people fighting to unchain themselves
Racism, Racial Discrimination,
Xenophobia and Related Intolerance are real problems in our midst, let us as
members of one community of nations exhibit selfless spirit that transcends
selfish national interests in order for us to create a genuine global village.
As a national institution
we are resolved to ensure that forms of discrimination in particular, those
related to race, are completely eradicated from Zambian soil and ultimately
the entire world. My commission stands ready to cooperate with all entities
committed to the fight against racism and related intolerance.
I THANK YOU.