US Opposes Brazil Proposal for Anti-Racism Pact at the OAS

The Brazilian government’s proposal to draft an Inter-American Convention Against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, presented recently at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, USA, is still facing resistance from the United States and Canada.

The United States argues that the United Nations Convention Against All Forms of Racial Discrimination, approved in 1966, is sufficient, while Canada believes that this debate could be delayed a little while longer.


According to the executive secretary of the Brazilian Special Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality, Douglas Martins, the task that lies ahead is one of persuasion. “We have the support of every country except the US and Canada,” he affirmed.


The Inter-American Human Rights Commission’s Special Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and Racial Discrimination, established on February 25 of this year, received a US$ 65 thousand check from the Brazilian government.


The purpose is to demonstrate interest in the formulation of the Convention. But, beyond that, it is a sign that the racial question is essential to Brazil, as was corroborated by Andressa Caldas, director of Global Justice, a non-governmental organization concerned with human rights.


“We endorse this government initiative. The entire racial and Afro-descendant issue is very important. This is an expression of considerable willingness to deal with the matter,” she affirmed.


In the next OAS General Assembly, scheduled for June 5-7, Brazil will place the item on the agenda once again.


Translation: David Silberstein
Agência Brasil

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    LULA’s Brazilian Government discriminate
    The Special Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality ”“ SEPPIR is the office of the President LuÀ­s Inácio LULA da Silva government that deals with racial and ethnic matters in Brazil. The SEPPIR has promoted conferences in cities and states. The conferences must elect one thousand delegates for the 1st National Conference for Racial Equality Promotion (June 30th ”“ July 2nd). The Brazilian government defends that Mestizoes (‘MestiÀ§os’, or ‘Pardos’, mixed people. that forms more than 38 percent of the Brazilian population) can not represent their selves. For LULA’s government Mestizoes are Blacks and they must be represented by Black movement members. Mestizoes organizations are denoucing this politics. They defend their proper identity and call that many Mestizoes don’t have Black ancestors, as in the North of Brazil where the majority of the population is composed by Mestizoes of Native Brazilian and White ascendance. The Mestizoes representatives denounce discrimination acts like their systematic exclusion of the organization of the town and state conferences and of the debate boards, and the use of police force to intimidate ‘Pardos’ representatives. They denounce yet the weak control of the credentials and resultant facility to frauds. In the opening ceremony of the State Conference, in Manaus, Amazonas, on 04/27, the Minister MATILDE RIBEIRO, linked to Black Brazilian movement, looked out the protest of the Mestizoes manifestants that claim “We exist!” The Minister reply with empathy that desire dialogue with the Mestizo movement, but do not established any date. The President LULA’s government is promoting a politic against the recognition of the interracial fusions and is denying the miscegenation importance in the Brazilian people formation. The representation of the Brazilian Caritas [Cáritas Brasileira], in Manaus, strangely is supporting this distortion that mistakenly interprets the ethno-racial concept of the racial fusion between ‘mamelucos’, ‘cabocos’ (Native + White), ‘cafuzos’ (Native + Black) and others mixed people formations, a leading reality in Brazil, specially in North of the country, where the population is noticeably formed by Mestizoes.
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    “The Brazilian government’s proposal to draft an Inter-American Convention Against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, presented recently at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, USA, is still facing resistance from the United States and Canada.”

    hmmm, will this cover the rapmant anti-americanism that is permeating brasil too? Or is this another knee-jerk, pra inglese ver initiave on behalf of the Brasilian government to look good one paper, but to continue to deal with matters practically business as usual?

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