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Strong leadership needed to combat racial discrimination

Strong leadership needed to combat racial discrimination

“True leaders employ the power of their standing in society to advocate a long-term vision of racial equality and social justice—they integrate, inspire, and mobilize others to bring a common aspiration to life,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.
Savio Mahimaidass: calling to end caste-based discrimination worldwide

Savio Mahimaidass: calling to end caste-based discrimination worldwide

“Caste-based discrimination is not just an Indian issue. It’s a global issue,” says Savio Mahimaidass, the 2013 Fellow of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and member of the Dalit community.
Sports stars come out against homophobia

Sports stars come out against homophobia

Celebrity athletes join UN leaders and rights activists at a special event co-organized by the UN Human Rights Office on the role of sports in the fight against homophobia.
A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas

A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas

A working group representing governments from all regions begins consideration of a draft UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other rural poor.
“The Riddle”: What exists in every corner of the world but remains illegal in more than 70 countries?

“The Riddle”: What exists in every corner of the world but remains illegal in more than 70 countries?

“The Riddle”, a video produced by the UN Human Rights Office and released to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia, draws attention to the impact of homophobia and transphobia on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.
Empowering Roma in rural Hungary

Empowering Roma in rural Hungary

UN and civil society are making efforts to empower the Roma in Cserehát region in their struggle against socio-economic exclusion and racial discrimination.
High Commissioner pays tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks

High Commissioner pays tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay says her spirit will continue to inspire collective efforts to realize our fundamental rights.
Human Rights Chief Pillay visits the world’s newest State: South Sudan

Human Rights Chief Pillay visits the world’s newest State: South Sudan

On a visit to the world’s newest State, South Sudan, Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay urges the Government to ratify all of the main human rights treaties.
A year for people of African descent

A year for people of African descent

A chapter closes but another one opens: the International Year should lead to an International Decade for People of African Descent.
Integrating migrants of African descent into Portuguese society

Integrating migrants of African descent into Portuguese society

Has the creation of the National Centre for Immigration Support eased the integration of migrants of African descent into Portuguese society?
Better protection against discrimination for Roma and victims of caste systems

Better protection against discrimination for Roma and victims of caste systems

The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism presents his report on discrimination against the Roma, as well as on the grounds of work and descent.
Solutions sought on incitement to hatred in Africa

Solutions sought on incitement to hatred in Africa

A regional workshop addresses incitement to national, racial and religious hatred in Africa.
Religion, belief and women’s rights

Religion, belief and women’s rights

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warns against the reassertion of discriminatory practices against women amid political transition in the Middle East and North Africa.
Collective action needed to end racial discrimination

Collective action needed to end racial discrimination

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination discusses the specifics of racial discrimination against by people of African descent
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN human rights Chief Navi Pillay pays special attention to people of African descent.
High Commissioner’s annual report to Human Rights Council

High Commissioner’s annual report to Human Rights Council

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay presented her annual report to the Human Rights Council and engaged in an interactive dialogue with government and civil society representatives.
Combating discrimination against Afro-descendants

Combating discrimination against Afro-descendants

People of African descent suffer racial discrimination worldwide. Experts call for a ‘positive action’ remedy.
Expert workshop on the prohibition of incitement to hatred

Expert workshop on the prohibition of incitement to hatred

Experts meet in Vienna to focus on the implementation of the prohibition of incitement to national, racial or religious hatred in Europe.
Bringing visibility to the plight of African descendants in the Americas

Bringing visibility to the plight of African descendants in the Americas

On this International Year for People of African descent, we highlight the stories of human rights defenders working to stop discrimination in the Americas.
Defending the rights of African descendants in the Americas

Defending the rights of African descendants in the Americas

On this International Year for People of African descent, we highlight the stories of human rights defenders working to stop discrimination in South America.
Indian human rights defender fights to end Roma discrimination

Indian human rights defender fights to end Roma discrimination

Sri Kumar Vishwanathan, an Indian human rights defender, fights to end discrimination against the Roma in the Czech Republic.
UN urges ‘positive action’ on African descendants

UN urges ‘positive action’ on African descendants

With a call for righting past and present wrongs, the UN launches the International Year for People of African Descent.
Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela International Day

The world celebrates the inaugural Nelson Mandela International Day, to be commemorated annually on 18 July.
Equal figures, equal societies

Equal figures, equal societies

A seminar highlights the relationship between the collection of disaggregated statistical data and the promotion of equal societies in Latin America and the Caribbean
Human Rights Day – a global celebration

Human Rights Day – a global celebration

This year’s Human Rights Day theme, ‘embracing diversity, ending discrimination’ is enthusiastically embraced in many countries through a wide variety of celebratory programmes.
History shackles Afro-Brazilians

History shackles Afro-Brazilians

Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay on a week-long visit to Brazil travels to a quilombo – one of the communities founded by escaped slaves where the inhabitants have taken action to achieve economic independence.
The story of Barbara Shaw

The story of Barbara Shaw

Barbara Shaw, a vocal campaigner for the rights of Aboriginal Australians tells her story of discrimination and deprivation
The story of Nusreta Sivac

The story of Nusreta Sivac

Nusreta Sivac was targeted as a Muslim and sent to a concentration camp in Omarska where she was repeatedly abused during the war in Bosnia.
Born into Slavery

Born into Slavery

Mariama Oumarou, a young woman from Niger in west Africa who was born into slavery tells her story to the international community.
The story of Geiler Romaña

The story of Geiler Romaña

Geiler Romaña comes to Geneva to tell the story of the millions of displaced Colombians forced away from their homes by decades of violent conflict.
Human rights claimed in the workplace

Human rights claimed in the workplace

Sarah White suffered years of abuse as a low wage African American worker in Mississippi fish factories.
Bringing a case against racial profiling

Bringing a case against racial profiling

Robert Wilkins’ landmark victory in a “racial profiling” case inspired new standards and procedures for law enforcement in United States.
Standing its ground: an indigenous community in the Philippines

Standing its ground: an indigenous community in the Philippines

At the Voices side event of the Durban Review Conference, an indigenous leader from the Philippines recounts the story of discrimination against his people
The killing of a black teenager and his parents’ search for justice.

The killing of a black teenager and his parents’ search for justice.

Sixteen years on from the brutal murder of her teenage son at a London bus stop, Doreen Lawrence continues to campaign against institutional racism in policing.
Anti-racism conference outcome document – what it actually says

Anti-racism conference outcome document – what it actually says

The outcome document of the Durban Review Conference is designed to bring real changes for the millions of victims of racism worldwide.
Anti-racism Durban Review Conference concludes with successful outcome

Anti-racism Durban Review Conference concludes with successful outcome

The anti-racism Durban Review Conference closed on 24 April in Geneva with a successful outcome
“Voices”: a call for more determination to combat racism

“Voices”: a call for more determination to combat racism

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay closed the week of powerful testimonies and interactions, thanking participants for sharing their experiences.
People of African Descent: Progress since Durban

People of African Descent: Progress since Durban

Since 2001, there have been important achievements at national, regional and international levels in anti-racism efforts for Afro-descendants - but challenges remain.
UN human rights system key to implementation of anti-racism conference outcome

UN human rights system key to implementation of anti-racism conference outcome

The United Nations human rights system plays an important role in combating racism and ensuring that the final outcome document of the anti-racism Durban Review Conference is implemented effectively.
The story of Creuza Oliveira

The story of Creuza Oliveira

From domestic worker to a leader for Afro-Brazilian women, Creuza Oliveira highlights the power of unions and social movements in combating racism.