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Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

Introduction

Historical Background

Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intoleranceAt its forty-ninth session, the Commission on Human Rights appointed, in resolution 1993/20, a Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance. By its resolution 1994/64 of 9 February 1994, the Commission on Human Rights further defined the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. On 28 March 2008, the Human Rights extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a further period of three years.

Mandate

The Special Rapporteur has been mandated by the Human Rights Council resolution 7/34 to focus on a number of issues, listed here.

On 25 March 2011, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 16/33 which extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a further period of three years in accordance with the terms of reference contained in Human Rights Council resolution.

Working methods

In the discharge of his mandate the Special Rapporteur:

a) Transmits urgent appeals and communications to States on alleged violations regarding contemporary forms of racism, discrimination based on race, xenophobia and related intolerance to the State concerned, in order to induce the national authority to undertake the necessary investigations of all the incidents or individual cases reported. (See Individual Complaints).

b) Undertakes fact-finding country visits.

c) Submits annual reports on the activities foreseen by the mandate to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

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Call for submissions: Report on combating glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance 

Special Rapporteur

Mr. Mutuma Ruteere (Kenya)
Since November 2011

Former Special Rapporteurs

Mr. Githu Muigai (Kenya)
August 2008 - September 2011

Mr. Doudou Diène (Senegal)
August 2002 - July 2008

Mr. Maurice Glèlè-Ahanhanzo
(Benin) 1993 - July 2002


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Contact the Special Rapporteur

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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