dcsimg
English Site French Site Spanish Site Russian Site Arabic Site Chinese Site OHCHR header
Make a donation to OHCHR


Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Introduction

Historical Background

The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban in 2001, adopted the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. This document records a commitment by States to work together to eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. It is a comprehensive and action-oriented road map, offering a functional common approach to realize the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action specify that a victim-oriented approach is an important tool to eliminate racial discrimination. Specific reference is made to Africans and people of African descent, Asians and persons of Asian descent, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees, minorities, the Roma and others.

Paragraph 7 of the Durban Programme of Action specifically "requests the Commission on Human Rights to consider establishing a working group or other mechanism of the United Nations to study the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of African descent living in the African Diaspora and make proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of African descent".

The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was established by Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/68 of 25 April 2002. 

Latest news


More press releases

Highlights

16th session of the Working Group 30 March- 2 April 2015 PN Room XXI

UNOG Library Resource Guide on people of African descent

Members of the Working Group

Ms. Mireille Fanon-Mendes France
(Chairperson, France)
Mr. Sabelo Gumedze
(South Africa)
Ms. Verene Shepherd
(Jamaica)
Mr. Michal Balcerzak
(Poland)
Ricardo A. Sunga III
(Philippines)

Contact

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 
Palais Des Nations 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
TEL: +41 22 917 9000 
FAX: +41 22 917 9008
Email: africandescent@ohchr.org 


In this section
Information about International Decade for People of African Descent

Programme Of Activities For The Implementation Of The International Decade For People Of African Descent A/RES/69/16  
E | F | S | A | C | R

Draft Programme of Action for the Decade for People of African Descent
E | F | S | A | C | R

General Assembly Resolution 68/237
E | F | S | A | C | R

General Assembly Resolution 68/151
E | F | S | A | C | R

General Assembly Resolution 67/155
E | F | S | A | C | R

General Assembly Resolution 66/144
E | F | S | A | C | R

 

International Decade for People of African Descent

International Decade for People of African Descent

International Year for People of African Descent

People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development

Information Note
E | F | S