Purpose of mandate
Millions of human beings continue to be the victims of varied forms of racism, racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and related intolerance. These scourges not only persist, they are continually assuming new forms. The mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism was created to intensify international efforts to combat these violations of basic human rights.
In this role, the Special Rapporteur transmits urgent appeals and communications to States regarding alleged violations of international human rights law; undertakes fact-finding country visits; and submits reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.
About the mandate
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism is an independent human rights expert appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The mandate was created in 1993 by its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights (by resolution
1993/20). In 1994, the mandate was defined more precisely by resolution
The mandate of the Special Rapporteur was most recently renewed for another period of three years by Human Rights Council resolution
34/35, adopted on 24 March 2017.
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About the Special Rapporteur
Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume (Zambia) was appointed by the Council as the 5th Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in September 2017. She took up her functions on 1 November 2017. Read the Special Rapporteur E. Tendayi Achiume's biography
Latest thematic reports
Reparation, racial justice and equality: This report to the 74th session of the General Assembly addresses the human rights obligations of Member States in relation to reparations for racial discrimination rooted in slavery and colonialism.
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Global extractivism and racial equality: The report to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council explains why racial equality and non-discrimination obligations enshrined in the international human rights framework must be central to reform, regulation and evaluation of the extractivism economy.
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State actions on combating glorification of Nazism; Resurgence of anti-Semitism: This report, presented to the 74th session of the General Assembly summarizes State submissions regarding the actions they have taken to combat the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. View report
In addition, the Special Rapporteur addresses the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the context of neo-Nazi and related intolerance, and alarming trends of anti-Semitic violence, hate crimes, hate speech and other incidents. She also canvasses States’ obligations under human rights law to counter the spread of anti-Semitism.
Trends in glorification of Nazism; Efforts to recruit and radicalize young people: This report, presented to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council provides an update on trends in and manifestations of glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and related ideologies; and a human rights analysis of efforts by contemporary Nazi, neo-Nazi and other extremist groups to recruit and radicalize young people. View report
Latest country reports
Morocco country visit (13 – 21 December 2018)
United Kingdom country visit (30 April – 11 May 2018)