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International Year for People of African Descent

Feature stories about people of African descent and the work of the United Nations to promote and protect their human rights

 2011 was the International Year for People of African Descent © OHCHR

A year for people of African descent
A chapter closes but another one opens: the International Year should lead to an International Decade for People of African Descent.
30-12-2011

 Sonia Pierre addresses a human rights workshop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 10 November 2011 © OHCHR Photo

In memory of Sonia Pierre, human rights defender
The human rights community mourns the untimely passing of Sonia Pierre, founder of the Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women (MUDHA).
16-12-2011

 Poet Maya Angelou meets crowd at UN New York exhibit on people of African descent © UN photo/ Devra Berkowitz 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.
 African-born migrant holds a poster reading “Nobody is illegal”, October 2008 © EPA 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?
 Experts at the CERD discussion on Afro-descendants © OHCHR Collective action needed to end racial discrimination
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination discusses the specifics of racial discrimination against by people of African descent
 Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent - OHCHR photo 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
 Memorial Statue of the Liberation from Slavery in Gorée Island, Senegal - OHCHR In remembrance of 30 million victims of slavery
On 25 March, people the world over remember the 30 million victims of the slave trades
 UN human Rights chief holds chains used to shackle slaves to slave ships - OHCHR Photo 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 panel at the Human Rights Council Combating discrimination against Afro-descendants
People of African descent suffer racial discrimination worldwide. Experts call for a ‘positive action’ remedy.
 John Salgado of the Chilean Alliance for Afro-descendant organizations 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.
 Verónica Villagra of the Mundo Afro collective in Uruguay © Verónica Villagra

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

 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.
 Robert Wilkins, an African American lawyer, won a landmark court case on racial profiling. His story has inspired the country’s lawmakers and prompted government reform Bringing a case against racial profiling
Robert Wilkins’ landmark victory in a “racial profiling” case inspired new standards and procedures for law enforcement in United States.
 Voices: ‘Everyone affected by racism has a story that should be heard’. - OHCHR The story of Creuza Oliveira
From domestic worker to a leader for Afro-Brazilian women, Creuza Oliveira highlights the power of unions and social movements in combating racism.
 An African American catfish factory worker, Sarah White speaks of her suffering and her success in organising a workers’ union to seek redress for their grievances. Human rights claimed in the workplace
Sarah White suffered years of abuse as a low wage African American worker in Mississippi fish factories.
 Geiler Romana, an Afro-Colombian activist. The story of Geiler Romaña
Geiler Romaña comes to Geneva to tell the story of the millions of displaced Colombians forced away from their homes by decades of violent conflict.
 Children of African descent in the Brazilian community of quilombos © OHCHR Photo Equal figures, equal societies
A seminar highlights the relationship between the collection of disaggregated statistical data and the promotion of equal societies in Latin America and the Caribbean
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