The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance was held in South Africa, Durban, from 31 August to 8 September 2001, presided by the former Irish President Mary Robinson who was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as Secretary-General. The conference was decided in 1997 by the General Assembly under resolution 52/111. The World Conference which was inspired by the heroic struggle of the people of South Africa against the institutionalized system of apartheid was hailed as a landmark in the struggle to eradicate all forms of racism. It laid out the principles for states and the United Nations to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in the twenty-first century.Although the conference was about the treatment of one group by another the Israeli/Palestinians crisis dominated the agenda.
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