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Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 47/21

Issued by



02 August 2022

presented to

the 51st session of the Human Rights Council (September 2022)


Issued by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Racism, People of African descent

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Prepared pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 47/21, the present report contains information on developments and initiatives undertaken by States and others to address manifestations of systemic racism against Africans and people of African descent, including in the area of law enforcement, and to advance accountability and redress for victims, including for legacies of enslavement, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism.



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) refers to Human Rights Council resolution 47/21, adopted following the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on the “Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers” (A/HRC/47/53) and its accompanying conference room paper (A/HRC/47/CRP.1). Operative paragraph 15 of Human Rights Council resolution 47/21 requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a written report, on an annual basis, and to present it to the Human Rights Council, starting from its fifty-first session, scheduled to take place in September 2022.

In order to inform the preparation of this latest report, OHCHR would welcome information from all States, including independent governmental entities, as well as United Nations entities, inter-governmental and regional organizations, civil society and non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders, concerning “systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, to contribute to accountability and redress,” in line with operative paragraph 14 of the aforementioned resolution.

Further, as provided by operative paragraph 14, OHCHR would welcome information regarding “further action [taken] globally towards transformative change for racial justice and equality”. For ease of reference, please find attached the Four-Point Agenda Towards Transformative Change for Racial Justice and Equality, contained in the Annex of the High Commissioner’s report A/HRC/47/53.

OHCHR would welcome an update with regard to the implementation of the 20 recommendations organised under the four points of the Agenda Towards Transformative Change. In particular, OHCHR would welcome information concerning laws, regulations, policies and all other relevant measures, as well as promising practices, initiatives, challenges and lessons learned. Information regarding the situation and perspectives of women and children of African descent, and of African women and children, as well as other relevant gender dimensions and intersectional analyses, are also invited.

Inputs Received
Inputs Received

Member States

Additional Responses by Member States

Intergovernmental Organisations

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

United Nations bodies and specialized agencies

Non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders