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The murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 and the ensuing mass protests worldwide marked a watershed in the fight against racism. In some countries, there is now broader acknowledgment of the systemic nature of the racism that affects the lives of Africans and people of African descent. There is also wider acceptance of the need to address the past in order to secure future conditions of life that uphold the dignity and rights of all. It is our collective duty to address these issues – immediately and everywhere.
Prepared pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 43/1 and in recognition of the unprecedented opportunity for change, the present comprehensive report—to be read in conjunction with an accompanying conference room paper—presents an agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality.
The report is available in the six official languages at the link above, and in Portuguese here (unofficial translation).
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implementation of resolution 43/1.
In the preparation of this report, UN Human Rights adhered strictly to the principles of independence, impartiality and objectivity, in accordance with our established methodology.
UN Human Rights sought the views of member States, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, UN entities, community members and groups, and other key stakeholders in response to a call for submissions (English). The Office also engaged with relevant Special Procedures mandate holders.
The voices of people of African descent who are victims of human rights violations and their families are central to the work.
1. Member States
2. Additional Responses by Member States
3. Intergovernmental Organisations
4. National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)
5. United Nations bodies and specialized agencies
6. Non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders
Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association