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Dateline Durban:
UN World Conference Against Racism

Dateline Durban:
Durban Update: Final Declaration Recognizes Palestinian Right of Return; Omits Language Critical of Israel

September 8, 2001, Durban — The World Conference Against Racism ran a full day beyond its scheduled conclusion on September 7 and ended with the adoption of a "compromise" proposal on the Middle East reached between the European Union and Arab countries and facilitated by South Africa. At the final plenary session, Arab delegates led by Syria and Pakistan sought to add three paragraphs of the earlier anti-Israel language that had prompted the U.S. and Israel to abandon the conference. South African Foreign Minister Zuma, chair of the conference, appealed to government delegates to conclude with a consensus declaration and to "focus on not doing anything to cause this conference to collapse."

In an acrimonious debate, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara was determined to add language accusing Israelís "foreign occupation" of giving rise to racism. Brazil offered a "motion of no action" requesting that, having reached a compromise on the Middle East, delegates move forward to accept the declaration and leave aside paragraphs on which they were unable to agree. The motion was approved by a vote of 51-38. Voting against this motion were Arab and Muslim states and others that sought to include anti-Israel language, and the South African delegate.

Vote to approve compromise language that does not include charge of racism against Israel:

Yes

No

Absent

Abstain

Brazil

Burkina Faso

Brunei

Armenia

Bulgaria

China

Burundi

Azerbaijan

Canada

Cuba

Cambodia

Bosnia

Chile

Egypt

Cameroon

India

Columbia

Indonesia

Cape Verde

Senegal

Costa Rica

Iran

Central Afr. Repub.

Seychelles

Cypress

Iraq

Chad

Singapore

Czech Republic

Jordan

Comoros

Philippines

Congo (Dem. Rep)

Kuwait

Congo

Kenya

Denmark

Lebanon

Cook Islands

Ecuador

El Salvador

Libya

Cote díIvoire

 

Fiji

Mauritania

Croatia

 

Finland

Malaysia

DPR Korea

 

France

Namibia

Djibouti

 

Gabon

Nigeria

Dominica

 

Germany

 

Dominican Repub.

 

Ghana

Oman

Equatorial Guinea

 

Guatemala

Pakistan

Eritrea

 

Holy See

Qatar

Estonia

 

Honduras

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Ethiopia

 

Hungary

Saudi Arabia

Malawi

 

Ireland

Sierra Leone

Madagascar

 

Italy

South Africa

Maldives

 

Japan

Sudan

Mali

 

Latvia

Syria

Marshall Islands

 

Lichtenstein

Trinidad & Tobago

Micronesia

 

Luxembourg

Tunisia

Monaco

 

Mexico

Tuvalu

Mongolia

 

Macedonia

Uganda

Lithuania

 

Netherlands

UAE

Morocco

 

New Zealand

Tanzania

Mozambique

 

Norway

Viet Nam

Myanmar

 

Peru

Zambia

Neru

 

Poland

Afghanistan

Nepal

 

Portugal

Algeria

Nicaragua

 

Romania

Bahrain

Niger

 

Russia

Barbados

Pelawi

 

Slovakia

 

Panama

 

Slovenia

 

Papua New Guinea

 

Spain

 

Rep. Of Korea

 

Sweden

 

Moldova

 

Switzerland

 

Rwanda

 

Turkey

 

St. Kitts Nevis

 

UK

 

St. Lucia

 

Uruguay

 

Samoa

 

Venezuela

 

San Marccus

 

Yugoslavia

 

St. Thomas

 

Argentina

 

Solomon Islands

 

Australia

 

Somalia

 

Austria

 

Sri Lanka

 

Belgium

 

Suriname

 
   

Swaziland

 
   

Tadjikistan

 
   

Thailand

 

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Reports from Durban Conference
Durban Update: Final Declaration Recognizes Palestinian Right of Return; Omits Language Critical of Israel (09/8/01)
Durban Update: Parties Deadlocked on Mideast (09/07/01)
Conference Continues Without U.S. and Israel (09/05/01)
Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel Language Prompts U.S., Israel to Leave U.N. Conference (09/04/01)
Opening Day of the UN World Conference On Racism (08/31/01)
Anti-Israel Hecklers Interrupt Press Conference (08/30/01)
Anti-Israel Rhetoric Prevalent at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (08/29/01)
Background on
Durban Conference
About the UN World Conference Against Racism
ADL Call to Conscience for All Nations
Background on Anti-Zionism at the United Nations
What is Zionism?
World Figures Refute the Zionism=Racism Charge
The Draft Declaration: Unfair Charges of Racism Against Israel
ADL Statements on Durban
ADL Letters to Media about the U.N. World Conference
Durban Derailed into a Conference of Hate
Abraham H. Foxman on the Durban Conference
Press Releases:

ADL Commends U.S. Rejection of Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel Bias of U.N. Conference Against Racism (8/27/01)

ADL Urges Congress To Reject Incendiary Language Against Jews, Israel At Upcoming U.N. Conference Against Racism (7/31/01)

ADL Urges Foreign Ministers to Reject Anti-Jewish Rhetoric at U.N. Conference on Racism (7/17/01)

ADL Urges U.N. Members to Reject Anti-Israel Focus at Forum Against Racism (5/18/01)

Letters:
ADL to President George W.Bush

ADL to Foreign Ministers of U.N. Members

Resources
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Related Web Sites:
UN World Conference Against Racism

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