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Bolivian census: government denies Mestizo ethnicity and contradicts Durban Declaration

The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action of the The World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination,. Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, issued in South Africa in 2001 and of which Bolivia is a signatory as member of the United Nations Organization (UN), would remain unknown by the central government by not including miscegenation and religious criteria in the National Census of Population and Housing.
The statement was issued by the National Convergence (CN) Senator Centa Reck, who was responding to the speech of the ruling party and the executive authorities on the controversy regarding the membership and ethnic-cultural identity.

The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action of the The World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination,. Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, issued in South Africa in 2001 and of which Bolivia is a signatory as member of the United Nations Organization (UN), would remain unknown by the central government by not including miscegenation and religious criteria in the National Census of Population and Housing.

The statement was issued by the National Convergence (CN) Senator Centa Reck, who was responding to the speech of the ruling party and the executive authorities on the controversy regarding the membership and ethnic-cultural identity.

The Vice Minister of Decolonization, Felix Cardenas, challenged citizens to assert themselves as Mestizos to prove their existence, in the sense of having roots, territory, language and culture identified. “Those who consider themselves mestizos that support if there is a Mestizo territory, a Mestizo language, a Mestizo religion, a Mestizo culture. I am Aymara and I have Aymara language, Aymara territory”, he told the media.

About the mixing (mestizaje), the Durban Declaration, which is the basis of Law 045 for Combat against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination, adopted by the government of Evo Morales, quote that are a hidden segregation against this part of the population and deny it would be a sort of “denial of its existence.”

Article 56 about the origins, causes, forms and contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance quote: “We recognize the presence in many countries of a Mestizo population of mixed ethnic and racial origins and its valuable contribution to the promotion of tolerance and respect in these societies, and we condemn discrimination against them, especially because such discrimination may be denied owing to its subtle nature”.

Summary of El Diário, 15/08/2012.

Posted in Mestiçofobia | Desmestiçagem, Multiculturalismo.

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