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The deputation meets with representatives of the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and submit the shadow report formally.

This is the first time since 1994 that charges of racial discrimination are brought before the United Nations against the South African government.

Meet with Hee-Kyong Yoo, representative of the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, to discuss the contents of our report.

Meet with Katerine Landuyt of the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to discuss the contents of our shadow report and the lodging of a further formal charge with the ILO in 2016.

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Dr Dirk Hermann
Chief Executive of the Solidarity Movement

Johan Kruger
Deputy General Secretary: Solidarity

Adv. Dirk Groenewald
Head of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices

10:00 Solidarity’s delegates meet with representatives of the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous peoples..
11:00 Solidarity’s delegates meet with representatives of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch in the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and Minorities Section.
08:00 – 12:00 The Solidarity delegates submit the shadow report to CERD, and also deliver books and physical reports.
15:00 Solidarity’s delegation meets with representatives of the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities.
16:30 Solidarity’s delegates meet with the ILO’s Standards Department.
Day 1
In front of the Wilson Palace where we had an appointment with representatives of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Minorities.
Meeting at the Office of the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission’s departement for minorities, equlaity and non-discrimination just finished – a very positive meeting indeed.
Blog for the day: Dr Frans Cronje of the South African Institute for Race Relations recently caused an uproar when he said affirmative action killed babies. This was because of babies who died of polluted water in Bloemhof.
This argument can be developed even further. Read more
Day 2
We had an interview with Chace studios, an American film company that flew over all the way for our complaint to the UN. They are making a documentary about affirmative action in South Africa.
Blog for the day: The United Nations’ European Headquarters in Geneva is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The UN’s Palais des Nations (Palace of Nations) is photographed from all corners by tourists and visitors, soaking up the last days of the European summer. When you look around you, you realise that Geneva is indeed a city of nations.
On every street and corner you hear a different language and you see people who obviously come from other countries.
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