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UN World Conference Against Racism

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL14866, tabled on 13 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to their participation in the United Nations General Assembly’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban in 2001.

Answered on

27 April 2021

The United Kingdom is committed to combatting all forms of racism, both at home and abroad. We believe that one of the most effective ways to tackle injustices and advocate respect among different religious and racial groups is to encourage all states to uphold their human rights obligations. However, some of the anti-Semitic actions and speeches in and around the Third World Conference against Racism and its various follow-up events gave rise to serious concerns. Therefore we will consider UK attendance in the light of developments between now and the commemoration event, including the likelihood of any recurrence.