Coalition against discrimination launched in Morocco

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Representatives from several Arab countries met in Casablanca on Wednesday to launch an initiative against all forms of racism and xenophobia.

A ceremony of a coalition against intolerance, xenophobia and discrimination with a high level of participation from the Arab world was launched in Casablanca, Wednesday.

Officials from participating cities showed their readiness to fight against racism and xenophobia in an initiative supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO,) under the theme “local policies to eliminate all forms of discrimination”.

Casablanca, the economic capital of the Moroccan kingdom was selected as a leading city to coordinate the fight against racism and discrimination in the Arab world.

This coalition will integrate the international union of cities against racism and will also develop systematic methods of data collection and information on various racist phenomena to efficiently fight against intolerance.

The education of citizens in Arab cities on the need to respect human rights, the promotion of intercultural dialogue, cultural and linguistic diversity to enhance tolerance are also on the agenda of the coalition.

Participants promised unambiguous legislations that will be enacted to ban racism and xenophobia. They will also work closely together with the authorities in order to harmonize the rule of law.

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