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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on the 21st of March each year. Declared by the United Nations in 1966, the date was chosen to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, in which South African police opened fire on a crowd of unarmed peaceful demonstrators protesting anti-black apartheid laws. 69 people were killed that day, including 10 children. 

Since 2003 the day has been observed in Aotearoa New Zealand as Race Relations Day. It is seen as a day for the promotion and celebration of diversity and inclusivity, for peace and harmony amongst all the different cultures and religions throughout the motu.  


Race Relations Day is observed on the 21st of March each year.


Race Relations Day

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