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Motion on International Day for Tolerance

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

1) notes that the United Nations' International Day for Tolerance is annually observed on November 16 to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance;
2) further notes that this is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others;
3) understands that discussions and debates take place across the world on this day, focusing on how various forms of injustice, oppression, racism and unfair discrimination have a negative impact on society;
4) recalls that human rights activists also use this day as an opportunity to speak out on human rights laws, especially with regard to banning and punishing hate crimes and discrimination against minorities;
5) acknowledges that the United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and people worldwide; and
6) calls upon countries to observe this day and use it to promote tolerance, respect and dignity.

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