Int”l Meeting on Afro-Descendents Opens in Venezuela

Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The 4th International Forum of Afro-Descendents opened in Venezuela on Sunday with 70 delegates from Africa and Latin America who will discuss the fight against racial discrimination.

The meeting, which ends on Wednesday, will consist of public meetings and debates on equality.

According to Aristobulo Isturiz, first vice president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, the forum organized by the Foreign Ministry and Parliament, will help improve public policy to meet the demands of Afro-descendents, who along with indigenous people, have been excluded for centuries.

Isturiz said the international meeting is part of ongoing efforts for regional integration, which will be the focus of a July 5-6 event to officially found the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

Venezuela’s contributions to the debates include a draft law against racial discrimination, which will undergo a second and final round of debate in parliament in early July, Isturiz added.

Activist Norma Romero said delegations had come to the Caracas Afro-descendents forum from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States and Peru, as well as a number of African nations.

Delegates will discuss progress in the struggle against racial discrimination and for women’s liberation, Romero, a member of the Network of Afro-Venezuelan Organizations, told Prensa Latina on Saturday.

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