racism

Marking international day, UN experts call for urgent action to end racial discrimination, in wake of New Zealand anti-Muslim attack

States must take urgent action, to “stem the tide of hate and discrimination” and ramping up of “ethno-nationalist populism”, which helped fuel the deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques last Friday by a self-declared white supremacist, several top UN officials and human rights experts have stressed, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say

At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for drugs-related crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday, calling on Member States to do more to “combat racial discrimination”.

UN experts concerned over racial bias in Dutch child welfare system

The Dutch authorities have been accused by UN experts of racism in the country’s welfare system, after seven children of African descent were forcibly removed from their parents.

Racism against people of African descent: ‘not much room for optimism, says UN expert

Some 18 years after the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, Michal Balcerzak, the head of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent sees little room for optimism, when it comes to ending racist incidents against people of African descent.  Professor Balcerzak spoke with UN News's Conor Lennon  on the occasion of his visit to UN Headquarters in New York – where he was reporting to the General Assembly on the Group’s latest findings.

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UN rights experts voice concerns about ‘structural racism’ in United Kingdom

United Nations human rights experts have expressed serious concerns about racism rooted in the fabric of the United Kingdom’s society, given the disproportionate number of people of African descent and of ethnic minorities dying due to excessive use of force by State security.

News in Brief 23 August 2017 (AM)

Learning about slave trade history contributes to fairer societies: UNESCO

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News in Brief 16 August 2017 (AM)

UN chief condemns triple suicide bombings in Nigeria

A series of suicide bombings in northern Nigeria on Tuesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

At least 30 people were killed in the three attacks which occurred at a market and refugee camp in Borno State.

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News in Brief 31 July 2017 (AM)

Mobile broadband internet subscriptions “set to hit 4.3 billion”

Mobile broadband internet subscribers are expected to reach 4.3 billion by the end of this year, according to the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies, the ITU.

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UN spotlights slave descendants’ legacy of achievements, overcoming ‘dark chapter of human history’

Stressing the importance of remembering slavery and slave trade in human history, the legacy of which “resounds down the ages,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today highlighted the contributions that people of African descent have made and are continuing to make to their communities and to the world.

Ahead of International Day, UN rights chief urges governments to target hate speech, crimes

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations human rights chief today reminded Governments around the world that they have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes, and called on people everywhere to “stand up for someone’s rights.”