Activities of the mandate

Statements, interviews and open letters


  • Upcoming: The Special Rapporteur will present two reports to the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Her interactive dialogue is scheduled to take place on 2 July 2018 between 15.00-18.00h and will be available to watch online here.

  • May 2018: Interviews following a country visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Interview with the BBC
    Interview with Channel 4

  • March 2018: Speech delivered at a commemorative meeting of the UN General Assembly on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • March 2018: Video message on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration Human Rights
  • November 2017: Video statement delivered at the Regional meeting for Europe, Central Asia and North America on the International Decade for People of African Descent

Informal civil society consultations 

The Special Rapporteur is committed to building a strong network of civil society organizations, social movements, community-based actors, academics and others working in the field of racial discrimination. In order meaningfully to involve interested stakeholders in the agenda setting of the mandate, the Special Rapporteur plans to host informal consultations with national and local actors across all regions of the world. 

She previously convened such consultations during her trips to Bogota and New York in March 2018. The next consultation will take place in Geneva on 3 July 2018. Information about future consultations will be circulated through the network of the mandate and made available on this website.

Expert consultations 

Special procedures mandate holders frequently organise expert seminars or consultations on topics related to their mandate. Such consultations may either have been requested by the Human Rights Council, or organised by mandate holders with the support of OHCHR in order to receive information for their studies or thematic reports from a broad range of stakeholders.

Examples of expert consultations convened by the previous mandate holder: 

2017: Racism in the context of counter-terrorism 

On 22 and 23 June 2017, the mandate convened an expert group meeting in Budapest, Hungary on combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination in the context of counter-terrorism. The meeting was attended by academics, practitioners and civil society representatives who discussed the patterns and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia emerging from state counter-terrorism practices. After examining trends and challenges in different regions, participants exchanged views on the key legal and policy measures taken at the national, regional and international level as well as on relevant good practices. The discussion and contributions to this meeting informed the Special Rapporteur’s report to the seventy-second session of the General Assembly in October 2017 (A/72/287).

2015: Xenophobia

On 30 November and 1 December 2015, the mandate convened an expert consultation that was held at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Participants from all geographic regions discussed the manifestations of xenophobia in different regions and underscored the need for further research on strategies for combating xenophobia in order to assist stakeholders in developing effective policies and plans of action.  The outcomes of this consultation informed the Special Rapporteur’s report to the Human Rights Council in June 2016 (A/HRC/32/50).

2014: Racial and ethnic profiling

On 11 and 12 November 2014, the Special Rapporteur convened expert consultations in Los Angeles on racial profiling. The consultations were organized in partnership with the Faculty of Law of the University of California, Los Angeles, and were attended by a wide range of experts, academics and representatives of civil society organizations. The aim of the consultations was to discuss, inter alia, the different manifestations of racial profiling as well as to highlight and discuss relevant good practices at international, regional and national levels.

The consultations informed the Special Rapporteur’s report on racial and ethnic profiling in law enforcement (A/HRC/29/46).

2013: Racism on the internet and social media

On 11 and 12 November 2013, the Special Rapporteur convened expert consultations in New York on racism and the internet. Participants included academics, representatives of Internet and social media providers and civil society. The consultations sought to provide an updated overview of the challenges and some good practices in the fight against racism and discrimination on and through the Internet. The consultations informed the Special Rapporteur’s report on manifestations of racism on the internet and social media (A/HRC/26/49).

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Issues in focus
Contact the Special Rapporteur

Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 9006

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