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A/HRC/33/61: Interlinkages between recognition, justice and development – report


29 July 2016

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People of African descent


This is a summary of the report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its seventeenth and eighteenth sessions, prepared pursuant to Council resolutions 9/14, 18/28 and 27/25. During its seventeenth session, held in Geneva from 23 to 27 November 2015, the Working Group held private discussions. Its eighteenth session, held in Geneva from 11 to 15 April 2016, focused on the theme of “Interlinkages between recognition, justice and development”. 

Acknowledging the interdependence and interrelatedness of the three pillars of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Working Group reiterated its recommendations made to States, international organizations, civil society and United Nations agencies, funds and programmes at its previous sessions with regard to the three pillars of the International Decade. 

It emphasized the importance of full implementation of General Assembly resolution 69/16, including its provisions for:

  • the establishment of a forum to serve as a consultation mechanism, and 

  • the drafting of a United Nations declaration on the promotion and full respect of the human rights of people of African descent. 

The Working Group also called for the development of comprehensive national action plans to tackle racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and related intolerance and urged all stakeholders to actively oppose negative stereotyping of people of African descent on the basis of ethnicity, religion and origin, with a specific focus on combating hate speech and incitement to hatred through media and political statements.

Issued By:

Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Delivered To:

Human Rights Council, 33rd session