Call for submissions: 2019 Report to the Human Rights Council on combatting glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

Nazi, neo-Nazi and other extremist groups’ youth recruitment efforts and its implications for the enjoyment of human rights and racial equality

The General Assembly1 mandates the Special Rapporteur to produce two annual reports on combatting glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism, and other racially discriminatory ideologies. In her first report on this topic (A/HRC/38/53), the Special Rapporteur recalled States’ obligations to take immediate measures to combat recruitment of youth to neo-Nazi and other extremist groups. She also requested that States provide resources, including to her mandate, to deepen international understanding of the impact of neo-Nazism on youth and children, and the factors that draw youth to neo-Nazi movements.

The Special Rapporteur wishes to use her 2019 report to the Human Rights Council to further examine these groups’ recruitment of youth and its effects on the enjoyment of human rights and racial equality. In this report, the Special Rapporteur intends to cohere and summarize international research on youth vulnerability to neo-Nazi and extremist groups’ recruitment efforts. She will use a human rights and racial equality legal framework to better understand States’ and other actors’ obligations to combat youth recruitment and acceptance of these ideologies. In addition, the Special Rapporteur hopes that the report can help disseminate States and others actors’ evidence-based practices for thwarting these racially intolerant groups’ recruitment practices.

The Special Rapporteur believes that wide participation is vital for ensuring the quality and usefulness of her reports. For this reason, she welcomes submissions from stakeholders who can share experience and knowledge on these topics. The Special Rapporteur hopes to receive submissions from, among others, States, civil society organizations, private companies, social media experts, academics, psychologists, social workers, policy researchers, and social media experts. The Special Rapporteur would especially appreciate submissions that focus on

  • neo-Nazi and other extremist groups’ youth recruitment strategies
  • psychological and sociological factors enabling youth recruitment;
  • methods of digital recruitment (including, among others, social media, websites, games, memes, revisionist educational materials);
  • best practices for limiting and preventing neo-Nazi and other extremist groups’ opportunities to recruit youth; and
  • strategies that increase youth resiliency to recruitment efforts.

Submission procedure

For this report, the Special Rapporteur plans to accept submissions through 31 January 2019 and strongly encourages earlier submissions.  

The Special Rapporteur prefers to receive submissions via email to racism@ohchr.org. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights can receive mail and fax submissions to the mandate at the following address and number:

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,
United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211, Geneva 10
(Fax: +41 22 917 90 06).

With apologies, the Special Rapporteur can only receive submissions in English, French or Spanish.

Publication of submissions

The Special Rapporteur promotes the publication of submissions as they may serve as a useful resource for interested stakeholders. Unless you indicate otherwise, submissions will be posted on the website of the Special Rapporteur after the UN publishes her report.


Note:

1. See A/C.3/73/L.53/Rev.1


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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
Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
Email: racism@ohchr.org

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