United Nations world conference against racism. Racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance.
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2001, DURBAN
PARA 67 OF THE DECLARATION
“We recognise that members of certain groups with a distinct cultural identity face barriers arising from a complex interplay of ethnic, religious and other factors as well as their traditions and customs and call upon States to ensure that measures, policies and programmes aimed at eradicating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances address the barriers that this interplay of factors creates”
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Sikh Human Rights Group has been engaged in promotion and defence of diversity since its inception. This is based on one of the core philosophies of Sikhi that creation is both diverse physically and culturally but also co-dependent. Life comes in many forms. Life engages in many forms. It is therefore important that Human Beings respect life in its rich and varied diversity. People and communities have different belief systems, different philosophical systems and different physical attributes. As long as these have some basic respect for the dignity of others, human society should strive to create space and engagement as well as dignity for the various diversities.
SHRG laid its approach to diversity at the World Conference Against Racism in 2001 at Durban. It has been pursuing this since then through conferences, activism and academic papers. Some of the work is attached here with.
There are different strands of work within the Diversity pillar. These include Cultural Diversity, The issue of diversity itself as a philosophy. Gender issues. Institutions and Diversity and SHRG also specialises in issues of diversity concerning Sikhs.
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