Myanmar Military Government had MOCKED this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

U Thein Sein’s Myanmar Military Government had MOCKED this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by staging the Meikthila Atrocities.

21 March

2013 Theme: “Racism and Sport”

We must join forces to end racism, and sport can help reach this goal. On this International Day, let us recommit to ending racial discrimination and realizing our vision of justice, equality and freedom from fear for all.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


This year’s theme was chosen by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to highlight the problem of racism in sports, which remains a disturbing occurrence in many parts of the world, as well as to raise awareness of the role sports can play in combating racism and racial discrimination.

Both sports and human rights share many fundamental values and objectives. The principles underpinning the Olympic Charter, such as non-discrimination and equality, are also the bedrock of human rights. The Olympic Charter notes that the “goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”

According to the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, well-designed sport activities that incorporate the best values of sport – self-discipline, respect for one’s opponent, fair play, and teamwork – can help integrate marginalized groups and teach individuals the values necessary to prevent and resolve social tensions and conflicts.

The 2001 Durban Declaration and Programme of Action – a document at the centre of the international community’s efforts to prevent, combat and eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance – urges States, in cooperation with intergovernmental organizations, the International Olympic Committee and international and regional sports federations, to intensify the fight against racism in sport (para 218).

In a resolution of 2010 (A/HRC/RES/13/27), the UN Human Rights Council urged States to prevent, combat and address all manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in the context of sporting events.

The UNESCO Charter of Physical Education and Sport states that “every human being has a fundamental right of access to physical education and sport.” The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting these ideals.

One Response to “Myanmar Military Government had MOCKED this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”

  1. drkokogyi Says:

    FB of Dr. Maung Zarni

    Who are Burma’s violent mobs that attacked and looted Muslims, their properties and sacred places of worship?

    We know with some degree of certainty which institutions (the military and its agents) and which individuals ( ultra-racist skin-head monks) might be involved in instigating violence against the Muslims in Burma, but we also need to know who form the violent ‘Buddhist mobs’.

    In a country as impoverished as Myanmar under military rule, there is a large population of not simply deeply ignorant and racist people but an economically destitute individuals – perhaps in the millions – who can be paid to form any violent mob.

    Remember the former incarnation of the present Union Solidarity and Democracy Party (Union Solidarity and Development Association or USDA) organized Swan-ar-shin or The Force along this line of paid un-employed and dodgy elements in society.

    Aung San Suu Kyi herself called this Force the Burmese ‘Brown Shirt’ of USDA.

    There is a consistent pattern of the regime bringing in truck-loads of thugs and simply destitute men from outside localities.

    The regime has used them in the massacre of 10 Muslim pilgrims in Taung-gaut, Arakan or Rakhine state in June last year.

    It had used them to attack the NLD motorcades in the past.

    It had used them against the Saffron monks during the Saffron Revolt in 2007.

    During a TV interview on a Hong Kong television,he now presidential interpreter and Myanmar Peace Center Director Kyaw Yin Hlaing (then an academic at the City University of Hong Kong) framed these thugs and paid rioters as “community elders trying to restore order”.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if President Thein Sein ordered an ‘independent’ inquiry into the anti-Muslim violence with some stooge from Myanmar Peace Center.

    Perhaps Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as the Commission Chair!

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