The mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism is to gain first-hand knowledge of the country's policies to address racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance, including its official policy of multiculturalism. During his visit, Mr. Diène has attended meetings with federal, provincial and local government officials, Aboriginal communities and leaders, as well as representatives of diverse ethnic, racial, religious and other, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Regina. The UN Rapporteur on Racism's visit to Canada started on September 15 and ends officially on September 26.
Mr. Diène will report his findings to the Commission on Human Rights at its next meeting beginning in March 2004. As interlocutor, the CRRF has been providing the Special Rapporteur with information on substantive issues, and has coordinated meetings with representatives of NGOs in all cities he will visit while in Canada.
Mr. Diène is a former UNESCO Director of the Department of International Dialogue and Pluralism for a Culture of Peace and was appointed in April 2002 by the UN Commission of Human Rights as its Special Rapporteur on Racism. Since his appointment, he has also visited Guyana and Trinidad. He will visit Colombia following his trip to Canada.
CRRF, as Appointed Interlocutor, Facilitates Cross-Country Visit for Civil Society
Public Lecture: Cultural Resistance to Slavery
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
7:30 p.m. registration and coffee; 8:00 p.m. lecture
OISE - 2nd Floor, Room 212
252 Bloor Street West (University of Toronto)