Dr Jorge Ramirez Reyna, president of Asociación Negra de Defensa y Promoción de Derechos Humanos (Black Association for Human Rights Defence and Promotion, ASONEDH) in Peru, reflects on the issue of racism in his country and the role of the conference on the Violence of Racism in Latin America, backed by the churches regionally and internationally, which took place in June 2011 in Managua, Nicaragua.
The United Reformed Church has contacted its leaders and congregations, reminding them of its long standing opposition to extreme right-wing and racist political parties, and urging them to disavow parties that support racial discrimination.
Leaders from the main religious communities across Stoke-on-Trent are today making a united stand against an anti-Muslim march which they believe is inciting racism, intolerance and xenophobia in the area.
The struggle against racism was marked by writer Bonnie Greer, John Battle MP, Anglican priest Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and Dr Usama Hasan at celebrations to herald the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.
A conference seeking to consolidate the legacy of the World Council of Churches' historic anti-racism efforts will take place from 14-17 June in Doorn near Utrecht in the Netherlands. The task is still a vital one.
Among the many arguments within and about the controversial UN review conference on racism, one that has attracted less media coverage is the overlooking of the struggles of 260 million so-called 'untouchables' in South Asia.