Since principles of equality and respect for each other are fundamental for living
together, they constitute an important starting point for the Non Governmental
Organisations (NGO) Forum at the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) in Durban.
Moreover, respect for differences of opinion is essential in the struggle against racism.
It was the responsibility of the organisers of the NGO Forum to ensure that the opinion
of every participant is respected. Part of this responsibility is to ensure the
recognition of the independence of delegations from policies of governments.
To our great dismay the undersigned Dutch NGOs affirm that not all the participants of
the NGO Forum have been treated in a respectful manner. In our opinion this is a flagrant
breach of the principles that should guide a meeting of this nature.
The human and political tragedy that is unfolding in Israel and the Palestinian
territories is beyond our comprehension. While we fully understand the emotions of people
who feel involved with one of the two parties in this conflict, it is incomprehensible
that such emotions should be translated into expressions of anti-Semitism and hate-speech.
We appeal to the organisers of the NGO forum to openly distance themselves from
incidents of this nature, which occurred during the NGO Forum.
We believe that there is no place for anti-Semitism or related forms of intolerance at
a World Conference against Racism.
organisations / De brief is ondertekend door:
De Landelijke Vereniging van Antidiscriminatie Bureaus en Meldpunten
LBR (Landelijk Bureau ter bestrijding van Rassendiscriminatie)
RADAR (Rotterdamse Anti Discriminatie Actie Raad)