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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.

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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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