Mandate


The Special Rapporteur has been mandated by Human Rights Council resolution 7/34 of 2008 to focus on the following issues:

  • Incidents of contemporary forms of racism and racial discrimination against Africans and people of African descent, Arabs, Asians and people of Asian descent, migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, persons belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples, as well as other victims included in the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA);
  • Situations where the persistent denial of individuals belonging to different racial and ethnic groups of their recognized human rights, as a result of racial discrimination, constitutes gross and systematic violations of human rights;
  • The scourges of anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, Islamophobia in various parts of the world, and racist and violent movements based on racism and discriminatory ideas directed at Arab, African, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other communities;
  • Laws and policies glorifying all historic injustices and fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and underpinning the persistent and chronic inequalities faced by racial groups in various societies;
  • The phenomenon of xenophobia;
  • Best practices in the elimination of all forms and manifestations of racism, racial dissemination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
  • Follow-up to the implementation of all relevant paragraphs of the DDPA and the promotion of the establishment of national, regional and international mechanisms to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
  • The role of human rights education in promoting tolerance and the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
  • Respect for cultural diversity as a means to prevent racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
  • Incitement to all forms of hatred, taking into account article 20, paragraph 2, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and instances of racially motivated hate speech, including the dissemination of ideas of racial superiority or that incite racial hatred, taking into account article 4 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, article 19 of the ICCPR and general comment No. 15 of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which states that the prohibition of the dissemination of all ideas based upon racial superiority or hatred is compatible with the freedom of opinion and expression;
  • The sharp increase in the number of political parties and movements, organizations and groups which adopt xenophobic platforms and incite hatred, taking into account the incompatibility of democracy with racism;
  • The impact of some counter-terrorism measures on the rise of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, including the practice of racial profiling and profiling on the basis of any grounds of discrimination prohibited by international human rights law;
  • Institutional racism and racial discrimination;

Main means of actions

With the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Special Rapporteur on racism:

  • Monitors the situation in countries through fact-finding visits;
  • Submits annual reports to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly;
  • Acts on complaints of alleged human rights violations by sending communications to States and any other relevant actors on alleged violations regarding contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
  • May engage in strategic litigation on alleged violations regarding contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
  • Organises expert meetings and consultations to solicit a wide range of views on issues falling within the mandate;
  • Contributes to the development of international human rights standards;
  • Engages in advocacy and raise public awareness;
  • Provides advice to Governments through technical cooperation.


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Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism
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Contact information

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

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