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City commemorates Human Rights Day with Inclusive City dialogue on racism and rights in Heideveld<p>​Today as we mark Human Rights Day, we are reminded of the great price that was paid for our freedoms and our rights. <br> <br>These rights are the foundation of our democracy and must be enjoyed by all. <br> <br>Last year the City of Cape Town launched the Inclusive City campaign to address racism and build a positive rights-based culture where everyone knows their rights, knows that they cannot be discriminated against and that we all have a responsibility to respect the rights of others. <br> <br>During the campaign last year we mobilised the voices of the many thousands of people who condemned racism and echoed our call: “Don’t let racists speak for you”. <br> <br>In the second phase of our Inclusive City Campaign, we are going into communities to host dialogues on the issue of racism, knowing your rights and claiming those rights. <br> <br>Today we hosted a successful dialogue with the Heideveld community where we discussed our rights and how we need to build communities based on those rights.<br> <br>The overarching message today was that we need to go back to the principles of respect and unity. <br> <br>Some of the sentiments expressed by the community today during the dialogue included: <br> <br>“We need to work together as the community to promote unity, love and peace. If we stand together we can fight poverty, gangsterism and racism.  The Ubuntu spirit needs to take hold of people and the need to see colour must disappear. People need to see people, not colour.”<br> <br>“We all have the right to freedom of speech, the right not to be discriminated against and freedom of association. We have the right to be treated with respect and for these rights to be protected.”<br> <br>“We need to break down the barriers. It is the basics of human rights that we need to go back to and we need to change our mind sets.” <br> <br>“People should be treated equally, we need to respect and understand each other.”<br> <br>“We are all different colours, creeds and religions but we must respect each other no matter what makes you different, we must all live in harmony.”<br> <br>These are the words from the Heideveld community following group discussions on what an Inclusive City really looks like and what we need to do to build an Inclusive City. <br> <br>I asked the people of Heideveld to speak what is on their hearts and I was very impressed with what I heard today. <br> <br>We all agreed that we need to respect each other, respect our parents, our children, our neighbours. <br> <br>We need to work together to address the issues facing our communities. <br> <br>Before apartheid divided us, people of all races and religions lived together. <br> <br>We are dealing with those divisions and we need to teach our children that we are all people, the colour of your skin does not matter.<br> <br>This is just the beginning; we must keep talking about the issue of racism and our rights and reach out to one another so that we can start building the bridges. <br> <br>Cape Town is a city for all. We want everyone to feel a sense of belonging and that this city belongs to all who live in it. <br> <br>We must never allow ourselves to be separated on the basis of colour or race. <br> <br>I was once again amazed at the wisdom and values that came from these discussions and that we had the community leading these discussions.  <br> <br>Let us use this day as a celebration of our human rights that many people fought and died for, and let us live out these rights every day in the way we treat each other. <br> <br>We can only move forward if we go back to the principles of human rights and dignity. <br> <br>Let us continue to make progress possible, together. Laat ons vooruitgang moointlik maak, tesame. Senza inkqubela yenzeke, Sisonke<br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2016-03-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|Statements;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0cc64021-06fc-4a06-88c5-355b36542169;L0|#00cc64021-06fc-4a06-88c5-355b36542169|Inclusive City;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0554a2b7-2b49-4982-b6e9-5c6111d5b3ee;L0|#00554a2b7-2b49-4982-b6e9-5c6111d5b3ee|campaign;GP0|#92763a7c-a359-4f28-9c9e-2da822d73b6a;L0|#092763a7c-a359-4f28-9c9e-2da822d73b6a|human rights1


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