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Last updated on October 24, 2004

Introduction

The Centre for Protection of Minorities and Against Racism and Discrimination in Bhutan (CEMARD-Bhutan) is a national non-profit, non-partisan, and non-governmental human rights organization devoted to eliminating all forms of discrimination, racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and advancing the international regime of human rights in Bhutan. It was established to defend the human rights and to promote the principles of non-discrimination, equality, social justice, rule of law, rights of minorities and for elimination of all forms of discrimination and racial discrimination in Bhutan. Its main objectives are to secure justice for religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities suffering discrimination, prejudice and persecution and to work for elimination of all forms of discrimination, racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and combating racism in Bhutan. It was established on August 22, 1994.

CEMARD stands for equal value of all human beings, equality, dignity and rights of all individuals and peoples regardless of colour, race, ethnicity, sex, religion and creed. It believes that, ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’ and every one is entitled to all rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without any distinction of any kind in particular to race, ethnicity, religion, language and culture. Economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights are indivisible. ‘All individuals and groups have the right to be different, to consider themselves as different and to be regarded as such’.

 
  
 
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