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Human Rights experts find racial discrimination in the USA alive and thriving
Human Rights experts find racial discrimination in the USA alive and thriving
“The ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues,” said Mireille Fanon Mendes France, chair of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent at the end of an 11-day mission to the USA.
3 February 2016
Fact-finding mission to US looks at human rights condition of African Americans
Fact-finding mission to US looks at human rights condition of African Americans
The Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent (WGPAD) visits the United States to gather first-hand information on the current human rights situation.
22 January 2016
Exhibit and book celebrate contributions of people of African descent
Exhibit and book celebrate contributions of people of African descent
An exhibition and a book to promote the Decade for People of African Descent was unveiled recently at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
21 January 2016
International Decade of People of African Descent: recognition, justice and development
International Decade of People of African Descent: recognition, justice and development
Around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas, and millions more live in other parts of the world outside the African continent. The international community, in recognition that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected, has proclaimed 2015-2024 International Decade for People of African Descent.
18 December 2014
UN expert group calls for the recognition of people of African descent
UN expert group calls for the recognition of people of African descent
Recognizing that people of African descent are a distinct group particularly vulnerable to racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia is essential to increasing their visibility and enabling them to realize their human rights, say UN human rights experts.
9 October 2013
Righting wrongs for women of African descent
Righting wrongs for women of African descent
Multiple forms of discrimination deny women of African descent their rights and recognition of their contributions to society.
27 October 2011
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?
1 July 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
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
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.
14 December 2010