Delegates from Africa and Asia attended a conference in Cairo on Tuesday (21st March) to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
GV EXT. A.S.U. building
SV INT Mrs. Sadat seated (extreme right of camera) with Social Affairs Minister Mrs Rateb
SV PAN women in audience
CUs & GV Mrs Rateb addressing meeting - Mrs Sadat and other women listening (3 shots)
CU & SV Mrs Sadat speaking and women listening (2 shots)
SV Mrs Sadat presenting gift to "Best Mother"
GV INT. Chairman and officials at "Human Rights" meeting
SV Chinese, African and other delegates (2 shots)
CUs & SVs delegate addressing meeting - audience listening and applauding (6 shots)
GV, SV and CU audience listening to Senegalese delegate - applause (5 shots)
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Background: Delegates from Africa and Asia attended a conference in Cairo on Tuesday (21st March) to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The International Day is observed every year on the anniversary of the "Sharpeville Massacre"-- when sixty-seven people were killed by police fire in South Africa twelve years ago.
The Day was also observed in many countries throughout the world:-
Addis Ababa: The Organisation of African Unity issued an appeal to mark the Day and urged the rest of the world to increase its aid to Southern African liberation movements.
Dar Es Salaam: Foreign Minister attacked France for continuing to sell arms to South Africa.
Nairobi: Kenya Foreign Minister Njoroge Mungai said his country was prepared to fight bitterly to restore African dignity in Southern Africa.
Baghdad: Iraqi Foreign Minster Murtada Al-Hadithi said that the struggle against "discriminatory regimes" in South Africa, Rhodesia, Mozambique, and Israel "must be united as the enemy is one and its pretexts are the same".
United Nations: Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim appealed to South Africa's white rulers to heed U.N. resolutions (See Visnews Prod. 3632/72)
The Vatican: A broadcast from Rome said that racism was "scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous".
The House: The Dutch government announced it had given 14,000 pounds sterling (40,000 dollars) to the United Nations to mark the day -- most of it to go to the U.N. education programme in Southern Africa.
Rumania: President Ceausescu, while on his tour of Africa, promised that Rumania would increase aid to African Liberation movements.
During the conference in Cairo, Egypt took the opportunity of this "Human Rights" day to inaugurate Egyptian "mother's day", and Mrs. Sadat presented a gift to the country's "Ideal Mother".
SYNOPSIS: The Arab Socialist Union building in Cairo -- where on Tuesday the wife of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat assisted Social Affairs Minister Mrs Aisha Rateb in a special duty. Tuesday was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -- and Egypt chose this day of Human Rights to honour those perhaps most concerned with human relationships -- the mothers of Egypt. Mrs. Rateb told her audience that one among them had been elected "Ideal Mother of the Year" -- the first to be so elected in this country.
Mrs Sadat went on to say that the chosen mother was Mrs. Haggag, who had half the bones in her leg removed in order that her crippled son Magdy could walk again.
In another room, the husbands of mothers from all of Africa and Asia observed the Day of Human Rights in a more international fashion. Delegates spoke of racial discrimination in Southern Africa and debated the question of Israel in terms of human rights.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed every year in all parts of the world. It is held on the anniversary of the "Sharpeville Massacre" -- the incident twelve years ago when sixty-seven people died from police fire in South Africa. At the same time as this meeting, countries throughout the world pledged their support to oppressed peoples. The Organisation of African Unity meeting in Addis Ababa urged the world to increase their aid to Southern African liberation movements to help rid the continent of Apartheid. In the United nations the Human Rights Committee passed a resolution condemning actions committed by Israel in occupied Arab territories. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim called upon South Africa's white rulers to heed the United Nation's resolutions. Iraq, Kenya and other governments also encouraged the liberation movements.