Thematic reports submitted to General Assembly

The Special Rapporteur submits annual thematic reports to General Assembly (October). These reports document the Special Rapporteur’s findings on particular topics and provide guidance and recommendations for UN member States, civil society organizations and other stakeholders. 

Year

Link/ Topic

Summary

2018

A/73/305
Nationalist populism

The report analyses the threat posed by nationalist populism to the fundamental human rights principles of non-discrimination and equality. The focus of the report is ascendant nationalist populist ideologies and strategies that pose a sobering threat to racial equality by fuelling discrimination, intolerance and the creation of institutions and structures that will have enduring legacies of racial exclusion. The report condemns nationalist populism that advances exclusionary or repressive practices and policies that harm individuals or groups on the basis of their race, ethnicity, national origin and religion, including in combination with gender, sexual orientation, disability status, migratory status or other related social categories.

2017

A/72/287
Combatting racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in a counter-terrorism context

The Special Rapporteur analyses the challenges linked to combatting racism, xenophobia and discrimination in the current counter-terrorism context. First, he discusses the various manifestations of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia emerging from State counter-terrorism measures as well as the human rights implications of such practices for affected communities. The Special Rapporteur then provides an overview of relevant international, regional and national norms prohibiting racism and xenophobia, especially in the context of countering terrorism. Drawing from an expert meeting he convened on this topic, the Special Rapporteur examines key legal, policy and institutional measures taken by relevant stakeholders and highlights some examples of good practices in combatting racism, xenophobia and discrimination while countering terrorism.

2016

A/71/301
The role of National Human Rights Institutions and national action plans

 

The Special Rapporteur discusses the important role played by national specialized bodies and national plans of action in preventing and combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Drawing from responses to a questionnaire sent to Member States and relevant stakeholders and other information, he highlights some examples of good practices undertaken by national specialized bodies and in national plans of action to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

2015

A/70/335
Collection of disaggregated data

 

The report focuses on the recommendation made to Member States to collect disaggregated data with a view to effectively combating such discrimination. The Special Rapporteur recalls that States have obligations under international human rights law to collect ethically disaggregated data with a view to fighting discrimination. He expresses concern about the continued absence of data disaggregated by ethnicity and other prohibited grounds of discrimination. The Special Rapporteur notes that the lack of disaggregated data on racist, xenophobic and hate crimes also means that they remain under-recorded, thus contributing to widespread impunity and limited access to remedies for victims. The Special Rapporteur stresses the indispensable role and benefits of collecting such disaggregated data to effectively combat discrimination and implement equality. He also emphasizes how the challenges posed by such data collection exercises can be overcome by observing internationally agreed-upon human rights safeguards.

2014

A/69/340
Racism in sport

 

The Special Rapporteur examines racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in sports, building upon the work initiated by his predecessors, and illustrates some manifestations of racism in team and individual sports. He then discusses the applicable legislation and standards at the international, regional and national levels, and presents some of the initiatives of sports federations and civil society that focus on preventing and combating racism in sports.

2013

Poverty and racism

A/68/333

The report focuses on the intersection between poverty and racism. The Special Rapporteur refers to the inherent issues of poverty and racism, starting with an overview of legal and policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels; discussing the manifestations of poverty and racism, in the areas of economic and social rights such as education, adequate housing, and health care, other rights affected in this connection between racism and poverty including the right to work in just conditions, social security, food and water. The Special Rapporteur then provides an overview of the different groups victims of discrimination that are affected by poverty and racism and underlines some examples of positive measures taken to prevent poverty and discrimination.

2012

A/67/326 
Racism and the internet

 

The Special Rapporteur focuses on key issues and challenges posed by the increasing use of the Internet to disseminate racist ideas and incite racial hatred and violence and on identifying possible measures that can be taken in line with the provisions of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. The report also highlights the potential role and positive contribution of the Internet as an effective tool for combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

2011

A/66/313 

This report addresses manifestations and forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; and best practices in the fight against racism, racial discrimination. Manifestations discussed include structural discrimination, which refers to racist, xenophobic or intolerant patterns of behaviours and attitudes within societal structures that target specific individuals or groups of individuals, in relation to their race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin; incitement to national, racial or religious hatred; and extremist political parties, movements and groups, including neo-Nazis and skinhead groups, and similar extremist ideological movements.
The Special Rapporteur has emphasized the need for a victim-oriented approach in order to ensure that actions taken truly respond to the concrete needs of those experiencing racism and discrimination. He highlights the needs of specific victims, including people of African descent; Roma people; and discrimination based on work and descent, including discrimination based on caste and analogous systems of inherited status.

2010

A/65/295

 

This report discussed the thematic issues addressed by the Special Rapporteur in annual reports, conferences, seminars and other meetings. These issues include how conflict and racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance interrelate; incitement to racial or religious hatred; human rights challenges faced by migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, including stricter border and immigration policies imposed by States; collection of ethnically disaggregated data, which is a prerequisite of any action aimed at tackling the socio-economic vulnerability of persons belonging to ethnic or national minorities; and the issue of racism and sports.

2009

A/64/271

This report discusses the activities of Special Rapporteur, including the thematic issues addressed by the Special Rapporteur through his participation in conferences, seminars and other meetings. The Special Rapporteur addressed incitement to racial or religious hatred; racism and poverty, as poverty puts members of minorities in a vicious cycle; the issue of genocide, ethnic cleansing and other war crimes, which are traditionally linked with the emergence of exclusionary ideologies based on race or ethnicity; and discrimination based on descent.

2008

A/63/339 

This report addresses the activities of the Special Rapporteur without a thematic component.

2007

A/62/306 

The most serious manifestations include the resurgence of racist and xenophobic violence seen in the growing number of acts of physical violence and murders targeting members of ethnic, cultural, or religious communities; the political normalization and democratic legitimization of racism and xenophobia; and the growing expression by elites of racism and xenophobia.

2006

A/61/335 

This report addresses the activities of the Special Rapporteur, including participation in various meetings and conferences. This section includes the activities of the Special Rapporteur in three primary areas: the resurgence of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia; efforts to combat the defamation of religions and to promote interreligious dialogue; and the resurgence of racist incidents in sporting events.

2005

A/60/283 

This report addresses manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Manifestations discussed include the treatment of foreign nationals, asylum-seekers, refugees and immigrants in waiting areas, particularly airports, ports, and stations, arising from the overemphasis on the fight against terrorism; and the increase of racist incidents in sports, particularly football.

2004

 A/59/329

This report addresses manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Manifestations discussed include the upsurge of xenophobia; the marginalization of efforts to combat discrimination; racist propaganda on the Internet; increasing racism in sports; and racism connected with anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

2003

A/58/313

 

This report addresses manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Manifestations discussed include racist propaganda on the Internet; a recent increase in racist and xenophobic acts and remarks at sporting events, particularly in European football stadiums towards players of African origin and among supporters towards Jewish individuals; and racism connected with anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

2002

A/57/204

 

This report addresses manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Manifestations discussed include a resurgence of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia; measures adopted with respect to immigration; stigmatization of Muslims and Arabs, who are seen as “hand in glove” with terrorists; discrimination of Roma people; racial profiling in airports; racist propaganda on the Internet; and anti-Semitism.

2001

A/56/228

*Only an oral report was presented to the General Assembly

2000

A/55/304

This report addresses contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Manifestations addressed include racist or xenophobic violence and activities of the far-right, neo-Nazi, and skinhead organizations, including anti-Semitism and discrimination against Black people; and racist propaganda on the Internet.

1999

A/54/347

This report addresses contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Manifestations addressed include the increase in racist propaganda on the Internet; racist violence and activities of far-right and neo-Nazi organizations; anti-Semitism; and insidious and subtle forms of racism and racial discrimination (such as hindering career development).

1998

A/53/269

This report addresses contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Manifestations discussed include the resurgence of neo-fascism and neo-Nazism; discrimination against immigrants and migrant workers; anti-Semitism; exploitation and manipulation of ethnicity for political purposes; and the use of the Internet to disseminate racism and racial discrimination.

1997

A/52/471

This report addresses contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia. Manifestations discussed include discrimination against immigrants and migrant workers; human rights violations in holding areas in France; the role of the media in inciting racial violence; discrimination against the Roma people; and discriminatory application of the death penalty in the United States.

1996

A/51/301

This report addresses contemporary forms and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia. Manifestations of racism and racial discrimination addressed include increased regulations on immigrants or migrant workers which refer directly or indirectly to their racial identity and national or ethnic origin; xenophobia; resurgence of denial of the holocaust in France; increase in arson cases of African-American churches in the southern United States; and incitement to racial hatred through electronic and computer networks.

1995

A/50/476

This report addresses contemporary manifestations of racism and racial discrimination. Manifestations discussed include the emergence of neo-racism in Europe; marginalization or exclusion based on race; commonality of racism in certain European countries (i.e. “it is no longer shameful to admit that one is a ‘racist’”); re-emergence of neo-Nazi groups; xenophobia; discrimination against the Roma; racism and racial discrimination against Black people and people of Arab origin, anti-Semitism; xenophobia and discrimination against immigrants and migrant workers; discrimination against women; racism and racial discrimination against children; incitement to racial hatred (“hate speech”).

1994

A/49/677

 

This report addresses contemporary manifestations of racism and racial discriminations, incidents brought to the attention of the Special Rapporteur, discussion of causes and vectors of the manifestations, measures taken by Governments to remedy the situations described, and the state of public opinion and initiatives of civil society (particularly NGOs) that help combat racism and promote social harmony.
Manifestations discussed include xenophobia and racism flourishing in Europe; immigration becoming more strictly regulated; individualism bordering on egoism in the United States; racism and racial discrimination against Black people and people of Arab origin around the world; anti-Semitism; racial discrimination against women; and discrimination against the Roma.
Causes of racism and racial discrimination include the world economic crisis and competition for economic resources; and educational systems and media that transmit racist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic ideologies.


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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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