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      <h1 class="gmail-reader-title">Cuban President Expresses Commitment to Anti-Racist Fight at UN</h1>September 22, 2021</div>

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                                                <p>At the meeting, which
 is part of the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations
 (UN) General Assembly, the President said that the objectives set out 
in the Durban Declaration and Program of Action to combat all forms of 
racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance have 
not been achieved.</p>                                                    
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>He noted that 
structural racism persists and proliferates at worrying levels, 
including in social networks and other communication platforms, hate 
speech, intolerance, xenophobia and discrimination.</p>                                                   
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <blockquote> 
 <p><strong>RELATED:</strong></p> 
 <p><strong><a href="https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/cuba-condemns-us-systemic-racism-to-the-human-rights-council-20200618-0006.html" target="_blank">Cuba Condemns US Systemic Racism at the UN Human Rights Council</a></strong></p> 
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<p>Díaz-Canel, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist
 Party of Cuba, added that developed capitalist countries try with 
demagogic speeches to divert attention from their historical 
responsibility in the enthronement and persistence of these scourges and
 their debt with the peoples who are victims of the slavery to which 
they were subjected.</p>                                                  
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>He referred to the 
multidimensional crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, "which has 
exacerbated structural inequalities and exclusion, typical of the 
prevailing unjust economic order, which subjects the poor, the 
Afro-descendant or the migrant, to all kinds of discrimination."</p>                                                 
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>Diaz-Canel continued 
by saying that, "it meant that with a colonial slave past, the black and
 mulatto Cuban population suffered for centuries the consequences of a 
system in which racism and racial discrimination were part of everyday 
life and only with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, in 1959, a 
process of radical transformations took place that demolished the 
structural bases of racism, and eliminated institutionalized racial 
discrimination forever."</p>                                                 
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>"The new Constitution
 of the Republic of Cuba ratified and strengthened the recognition and 
protection of the right to equality, as well as the prohibition of 
discrimination," stressed the head of state.</p>                                                     
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                 
<p><strong>"President @DiazCanelB ratified in #UNGA that: 'We will not 
relent in the purpose of achieving all social justice. The peoples of 
the world will always be able to count on the contribution of #Cuba so 
that the commitments we made 20 years ago in Durban become a reality.'"</strong></p>                                                       
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>He added that in 
order to make further progress in the emancipating work of the 
Revolution, the National Plan against Racism and Racial Discrimination 
was approved in November 2019, as a government program that favors the 
most effective confrontation of racial prejudices and social problems 
that still persist in Cuban society.</p>                                                  
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>The Cuban President 
stressed that the peoples of the world will always be able to count on 
Cuba's contribution "so that the commitments we assumed 20 years ago in 
Durban become a reality."</p>                                                        
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>Bruno Rodríguez, 
Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs, will attend the High-Level Meeting, 
which will adopt a declaration aimed at mobilizing the necessary 
political will to fully and effectively implement the Durban Declaration
 and Program of Action and its follow-up processes.</p>                                                   
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>The Durban 
Declaration and Program of Action were adopted by consensus at the 2001 
World Conference against Racism in South Africa and propose concrete 
measures to combat racism, discrimination, xenophobia and related 
intolerance.</p>                                                  
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
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