Costa Rica, Belize to boost convention against racism

17:15, February 25, 2011      

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The Costa Rican and Belizean governments will boost the approval of the "Inter American Convention against Racism" as part of the activities to celebrate this year the United Nations International Year of the Afro-descendants.

Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry on Thursday announced the creation of the Afro-Costa Rican National Commission, which will be in charge of the activities related to the celebration of the International Year.

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rene Castro will be co-presidents of the commission together with former lawmakers and directives.

He said that a provisional commission will also be formed to coordinate the celebrations, which will include measure to reduce the gaps on human rights faced by the Afro-descendant people in Costa Rica.

Meanwhile, former deputy Epsy Campbell, member of the commission for the celebrations, stressed the importance of creating this commission and the importance of the Afro-descendant people in Costa Rica.

The Afro-descendant people represent 9 percent of the population in Costa Rica, and they mainly live in Guanacaste and Limon provinces.

In Latin America and the Caribbean there are more than 150 million Afro-descendant people.

Source: Xinhua

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