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Eliminating racial discrimination to build trusting societies
Eliminating racial discrimination to build trusting societies
The UN Human Rights Council commemorates the International Day against Racial Discrimination with a debate on racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration.
21 March 2017
Target hate speech and hate crimes, Zeid urges States
Target hate speech and hate crimes, Zeid urges States
Hate speech and hate crimes make it necessary for us all to take a stand against racism and xenophobia, Zeid says in a call to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
20 March 2017
The spectre of nationalistic and xenophobic politics looms over migrants and refugees
The spectre of nationalistic and xenophobic politics looms over migrants and refugees
UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Mutuma Ruteere says that the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants should emphasise the need to denounce and hold accountable politicians who are promoting and spreading xenophobia against migrants and refugees.
14 September 2016
Fighting for equality for Romani women and girls in Moldova
Fighting for equality for Romani women and girls in Moldova
Romani women and girls in Moldova often have lower levels of education, significantly higher rates of unemployment and poorer health than the rest of the population, according to a UN Human Rights Office report.
21 March 2014
A new electronic database helps eradicate racial discrimination
A new electronic database helps eradicate racial discrimination
A new database, developed by the UN Human Rights Office, illustrates existing measures and practices to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance at the international, regional and national levels.
16 September 2013
Time to kick racism out of football
Time to kick racism out of football
“Sport at its best is inclusive, generous-hearted and fundamentally multicultural, based on values such as teamwork, loyalty, merit and self-control”, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, at a panel discussion on racism in sport.
22 March 2013
Between Free Speech and Hate Speech: The Rabat Plan of Action, a practical tool to combat incitement to hatred
Between Free Speech and Hate Speech: The Rabat Plan of Action, a practical tool to combat incitement to hatred
The Rabat Plan of Action to combat incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence, which was presented by internationally recognized experts, provides practical tools to States, the UN system, political and religious leaders, the civil society and the
21 February 2013
Combatting racist messages in the virtual world
Combatting racist messages in the virtual world
The Internet has become a leading source for receiving and sending information all over the world. It is also used by extremist groups and individuals to spread messages of hate and incite racial violence, says a UN Human Rights Expert.
21 December 2012
Mandela: an exemplary citizen with a steadfast belief in human rights
Mandela: an exemplary citizen with a steadfast belief in human rights
The UN Human Rights Council reflects on the protection and promotion of human rights through the values of reconciliation, peace, freedom and racial equality as espoused by Nelson Mandela.
28 September 2012
Fighting extremism for the sake of human rights
Fighting extremism for the sake of human rights
States must protect vulnerable groups against extremist organizations, says expert on racism.
13 October 2011
Tolerance and reconciliation are key to a just and equitable society
Tolerance and reconciliation are key to a just and equitable society
The UN Human Rights Council reflects on the protection and promotion of human rights through tolerance and reconciliation.
28 September 2011
Let’s fight racism!
Let’s fight racism!
On the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay reflects on the persistence of racism in the world and on the legacy of the past.
22 September 2011
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.
14 June 2011
People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice, and Development
People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice, and Development
The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent meets to address the human rights concerns of Afro-descendants.
30 March 2011
In remembrance of 30 million victims of slavery
In remembrance of 30 million victims of slavery
On 25 March, people the world over remember the 30 million victims of the slave trades
25 March 2011
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.
22 March 2011
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.
18 February 2011
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.
15 February 2011
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.
3 February 2011

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Mr. Mutuma Ruteere
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
Email: racism@ohchr.org

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