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Country visits


Invitations to visit

The Working Group is mandated to conduct official visits to States. Some States have issued standing invitations to all Special Procedures mandates of the Human Rights Council, while for others the Working Group writes to the Government requesting that an invitation be extended.

The purpose of country visits

These visits provide an opportunity to examine in detail the situation of people of African descent in the country, to identify any problems and to make recommendations for how these could be resolved. By the nature of the mandate, the Working Group is required to look critically at the situation in a country and also identify good practices that could be replicated in other countries. The visits are intended to provide an independent and impartial assessment which will then be of use to all actors.

How long are the visits?

Visits usually take place over a period of between 5 and 10 days, with the duration often depending upon the size of the country or the complexity of the issues to be addressed.

What happens during a country visit?

The Working Group meets with the heads of State and of Government, with relevant Government ministers, representatives of independent human rights institutions, UN agencies, civil society, academia, the media, human rights defenders, people of African descent, among others. The Working Group will usually begin a visit in the capital city and then continue with visits to other cities or towns, as well as to rural areas of particular relevance to the role and situation of people of African descent.

What sort of information is gathered during a visit?

The Working Group will gather the following types of information: any forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, afrophobia and related intolerance faced by people of African descent; measures taken to prevent racial discrimination and protect victims of racism and hate crimes; mechanisms for the protection, integration and inclusion of migrants and refugees; responses to multiple forms of discrimination that specific groups of African descent may face and the efforts undertaken by the authorities to protect people of African descent from violations.

What happens after the visit?

At the end of the visit the Working Group holds a media conference and issues a press release with its preliminary findings and recommendations. The Working Group releases a mission report indicating, among other things, the main concerns and recommendations for action. The report is presented formally by the Working Group to the Human Rights Council.

Country visits reports

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Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent - visit to Brazil, 3-13 December 2013
(A/HRC/27/68/Add.1)
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Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent - visit to Panama, 14 and 18 January 2013 (A/HRC/24/52/Add.2)
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Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent - visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1 to 5 October 2012 (A/HRC/24/52/Add.1)
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Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent - visit to the Portugal from 16 to 20 May 2011 ( A/HRC/21/60/Add.1 )
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Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent - visit to the United States of America from 25 to 29 January 2010 (A/HRC/15/18)
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Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent - visit to Ecuador from 22 to 26 June 2009 (A/HRC/13/59)
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Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent – Visit to Belgium on 13-17 June 2005 (E/CN.4/2006/19/Add.1)
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