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      From: Davina B Woods <davinaw@...>

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      Racial Discrimination


      > Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
      > World Conference against Racism Update 2 - 25 August, 2000
      > ******************************************
      > In this Update:
      > 1. HREOC activities
      > 2. NGO liaison at the United Nations - further information
      > 3. More information?
      > ******************************************
      > 1. HREOC activities
      > Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF)
      > Dr William Jonas, acting Race Discrimination Commissioner, delivered a
      > paper to the Fifth Annual Meeting of the APF in New Zealand in August,
      > addressing the work of national human rights institutions on the World
      > Conference against Racism. Dr Jonas outlined the importance of the
      > Conference to the struggle against racism and xenophobia in Australia,
      > and urged human rights institutions throughout the region to take an
      > active role in preparations for the Conference, in addition to the
      > Conference itself. He urged APF members to support a common set of
      > recommendations to the WCAR Secretariat for the draft Platform and
      > Program of Action, concerning the roles that human rights institutions
      > should play in combating racism.
      > The Statement of Conclusions from the meeting stressed the importance
      > of the Conference and agreed to work towards a common regional
      > position for national human rights institutions on racism in the Asia
      > Pacific. In particular:
      > Forum members emphasised the importance of the World Conference
      > against Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, stressed the
      > importance of ensuring that Asia Pacific input to the Conference be
      > maximised and agreed to develop a coordinated position for it. They
      > endorsed the recommendations of the [APF] Secretariat's background
      > paper.
      > Further information on the Fifth Annual Meeting of the APF, including
      > background papers and the full Statement of Conclusions, should be
      > available soon on the Forum's website at:
      > http://www.apf.hreoc.gov.au/.
      > ******************************************
      > Electronic discussion groups
      > HREOC will soon be starting an electronic discussion group for migrant
      > women to discuss racism and the struggle against racism in Australia.
      > The group is intended to develop Australian discussion of WCAR issues;
      > promote community input to various WCAR processes; and provide a forum
      > for activists, workers and researchers to share experiences of racism,
      > exchange strategies for addressing racial discrimination and discuss
      > issues relevant to the WCAR.
      > The first discussion group will be specific to migrant women and those
      > working with them, but HREOC may establish other groups as the need
      > arises. For more information please contact Mary Dimech in the Race
      > Discrimination Unit, email: MaryDimech@..., phone (02) 9284
      > 9600.
      > ******************************************
      > 2. NGO liaison at the United Nations - further information
      > Here is a summary of the latest information distributed by the UN
      > office with responsibility for NGO liaison (contact person - Laurie S.
      > Wiseberg, email: lwiseberg.hchr@...).
      > (1) NGO Forum at the WCAR
      > As noted earlier, the WCAR will take place in South Africa from 31
      > August to 7 September 2001. There is still no decision on the city.
      > The NGO Forum is likely to be from 29 August-2 September 2001 (dates
      > still to be confirmed).
      > The Organizing Committee for the NGO Forum will be led by the South
      > African National NGO Coalition, SANGOCO. Contact Mr. Moshe More at the
      > following e-mail for further information: moshe@....
      > (2) NGO Participation in the Regional Expert Seminars
      > NGOs wishing to participate in the regional expert seminars being
      > organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in
      > preparation for the WCAR should note the following:
      > Organisations accredited with ECOSOC or the WCAR will receive an
      > invitation to participate as an "observer". Observers may take part
      > in the Seminar discussions and distribute documents. Other
      > organisations may follow the seminar from the public gallery but will
      > not be allowed to participate in the seminar discussions or distribute
      > documentation.
      > Expert Seminar for Asia (Bangkok), 5-7 September 2000.
      > Theme: "Migrants and Trafficking of Persons, with Particular Reference
      > to Women and Children" (Point Person: Gloria Nwabuogu.
      > Email: gnwabuogu.hchr@.... Tel. 41-22 917-9394.)
      > (3) Financial Support for NGO Participation in the Regional
      > Preparatory Meetings
      > The Office of the High Commissioner has secured funding to subsidize
      > the participation of NGOs in the Regional Preparatory meetings,
      > including the meeting for Asia (Teheran, Iran, 19-21 February). In
      > each case, NGOs will meet for at least one day prior to the Regional
      > Preparatory meeting.
      > For each region, one NGO has been asked to take charge of the
      > logistical arrangements for NGOs for that meeting, and to establish a
      > steering committee for the region (approximately 8-10 organizations,
      > representing all geographic sub-regions and relevant social sectors,
      > e.g., minorities, indigenous, women, youth). The regional steering
      > committees are presently establishing criteria for selecting the NGOs
      > to be subsidized in their region. They will then select the NGOs which
      > will receive financial assistance on the basis of these criteria.
      > NGOs wishing to attend the Regional Preparatory meetings and in need
      > of financial assistance should write to the organization charged with
      > logistical arrangements for the region:
      > For Asia (in Teheran, Iran, 18-21 February 2001).
      > Ms. Nimalka Fernando at the International Movement Against All Forms
      > of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) <imadr@...> or fax. (94-1)
      > 682-505.
      > (4) Financial Support for NGO Participation in Other Regional NGO
      > Meetings
      > The OHCHR is supporting four other regional meetings at which NGOs
      > will be able to plan their input into the NGO Forum to take place in
      > South Africa in parallel with the World Conference. The dates and
      > venues of these meetings are not yet firmly established. However, the
      > following organizations are charged with organizing the regional
      > consultations. In each case, regional steering committees are being
      > established to elaborate the criteria for selecting NGOs to
      > participate, selecting participants, and planning the programme.
      > As is the case with the Regional Preparatory meetings described above,
      > if your NGO wishes to participate in these regional NGO meetings,
      > please contact the organizing NGO and describe (in a few paragraphs)
      > the NGO and its involvement in the struggle against racism, racial
      > discrimination, xenophobia or related intolerance; why it is important
      > that a representative of their organization attend the NGO
      > consultation; and the contribution they expect to make. NGOs should
      > also feel free to nominate other organizations they think should
      > attend. Since time is short, if at all possible, use e-mail -- if not,
      > use fax -- as follows:
      > For Asia and the Pacific (probably in Amman, Jordan). Contact: Mr.
      > Nizam Assaf, Arab Organization for Human Rights <achrs@...>
      > or <aohr_jo@...> or Fax. (962-6) 465-4262.
      > (5) NGO Forum in South Africa
      > At this point in time, there is no further information on the NGO
      > Forum or on assistance to NGOs to attend the World Conference itself.
      > The OHCHR is currently working on this and.
      > (6) Information to Post on the Web
      > NGOs who have information concerning the World Conference that they
      > wish to post on the web, please send it to me electronically and it
      > will be posted on www.hri.ca/racism>. Also, remember that all
      > official information is posted on the website of the High Commissioner
      > for Human Rights, <www.unhchr.ch> click on World Conference Against
      > Racism.
      > (7) Guide to Participating in World Conference
      > The International Human Rights Law Group has produced an excellent
      > Guide to Participating in the UN World Conference Against Racism,
      > which is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, in hard
      > copy. It will shortly also be available on the web. The Law Group
      > plans to periodically updated this manual throughout the preparatory
      > process.
      > For copies, contact Ms. Alison N. Stewart, Special Projects
      > Coordinator, IHRLG.
      > Tel. (1-202) 822-4600; Fax. (1-202) 822-4606.
      > Email: HumanRights@....
      > ******************************************
      > 3. More information?
      > If you would like to discuss the WCAR further please E-mail either
      > Mary Dimech (marydimech@...) or Tim Goodwin
      > (timgoodwin@...) at the Race Discrimination Unit, HREOC.
      > United Nations WCAR website:
      > http://www.unhchr.ch/html/racism/index.htm.
      > NGO Website for the World Conference: http://www.hri.ca/racism
      > (with links to many other sites dealing with racism)
      > NGO Website with a specific European focus: http://www.icare.to
      > ******************************************
      > This World Conference against Racism Update was compiled by the office
      > of Dr William Jonas, the Race Discrimination and Aboriginal & Torres
      > Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. These updates provide
      > regular information on the WCAR process and work against racism in
      > Australia. The inclusion of events and activities in the WCAR Update
      > does not imply endorsement by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity
      > Commission.
      > Please repost this message as appropriate, with credit to the Race
      > Discrimination Commissioner, HREOC.
      > If you are not already a member of the HREOC Race Discrimination list,
      > please send an email to listhreoc@... or follow the
      > instructions at http://www.hreoc.gov.au/listserv


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