Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

April 20, 2009 09:20 ET

Interview Opportunity: The Durban Review Conference Starts Today in Geneva, Offering Media the Opportunity to Cover Topics of Interest to Local, National and Global Audiences

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) -

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Early this morning the Durban Review Conference tackling racism and intolerance began in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the UN Human Rights Council, the five-day conference will evaluate progress towards the goals set by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, in 2001. This conference has proven to be extremely controversial and, according to many, has helped to perpetuate racism and divisiveness among the nations. Countries including Canada, Italy, Israel and the USA have chosen to withdraw from "Durban II".

Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organization devoted to promoting tolerance, understanding and social justice, is available to discuss key issues and themes surrounding this event, including:

- Reasons behind the Durban controversy

- Canada's role on the international stage and its landmark decision to withdraw from the conference

- New forms of antisemitism, which are regrettably increasing and require global consideration

- Everyday actions Canadians can do to combat racism and intolerance in their own communities

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center currently has over 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. Visit www.fswc.ca for more information.

Contact Information

  • To schedule an interview or for more information, contact:
    Torchia Communications
    Kathleen Stelmach
    416-341-9929 ext. 227
    kathleen@torchiacom.com
    or
    Torchia Communications
    Daniel Torchia, APR
    416-341-9929 ext. 223
    daniel@torchiacom.com