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Cablegate: Argentina: Presidential Declaration of Argentina, Brazil

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C O R R E C T E D C O P Y (TEXT)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREL BR VE AR
SUBJECT: Argentina: Presidential Declaration of Argentina, Brazil
and Venezuela Condemning all Forms of Discrimination

1. Argentine Ambassador to the United States Hector Timerman gave
the Ambassador December 17 an unsigned copy of a joint declaration
that he said was signed by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de
Kirchner, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, and
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Brazil on the margins of the
December 16-17 summit meetings. The declaration condemns different
forms of discrimination and intolerance.

2. Embassy's informal translation of declaration follows:

Declaration of the Presidents of the Argentine Republic, the
Federative Republic of Brazil, and the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela of Condemnation of Racism, Discrimination, Religious
Intolerance, Racial Discrimination and other Related Forms of
Intolerance.

The Presidents of the Argentine Republic, the Federative Republic of
Brazil and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela met in Costa de
Sauipe, Brazil on December 16, 2008, and:

Observe with serious concern that, at the outset of the third
millennium, there are still a great many victims of racism,
discrimination and religious intolerance, particularly anti-Semitism
and anti-Islamism; racial discrimination, and other related forms of
intolerance, and that in different regions of the world racist and
discriminatory practices persist or have reemerged.

Reaffirm the principles of equality and non-discrimination
recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by the
American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, and recognize
the elementary importance of the full compliance with the
obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Thus, the Presidents declare their most energetic condemnation of
racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Islamism, racial discrimination and
other related forms of intolerance, and renew their commitment to
continuing working on the national, regional and international
levels to reinforce the mechanisms of promotion and protection of
human rights to assure their full observance, regardless of race,
color, sex, religion, political opinions or any distinction
whatsoever.
End informal translation of joint declaration.
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