High School General Assembly Third Committee B


Gabriela María Salinas Iriarte
Bolivia, Plurinational State of

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Position Paper of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Committee: General Assembly Third Committee B.

Topic: Elimination of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

Country: Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Discrimination may be just a word, but applied in real life, means more than that, with the definition broadening to include rejection, suffering and harm to innocent people. The only crimes the victims are guilty of are the color of their skin, place of birth, and differing beliefs and ideologies. As Nelson Mandela said once: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”.

Discrimination is a worldwide issue impacting everyone in various ways. It does not only cause harm to individuals, but also damages international relations. Acts of discrimination are fatal to human rights and break several articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as simple examples: article one, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”; and article two “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration”.

Nigeria completely opposes xenophobia, declaring racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance as the opposite of the objective of the United Nations. In Nigeria’s profound concern of this issue, it is committed to work with all States that share its ideal of a world free of them, because this issue is an international concern, and it is responsibility of all to take actions that will ensure tolerance and respect of diversity. Guaranteeing the universal respect of all human rights without any dist...