United Nations General Assembly adopts political declaration on combating racism
The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a political declaration on combating racism at a high-level meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action.
The political declaration reaffirms that the Durban Declaration and Program of Action and subsequent documents provide a comprehensive United Nations framework and a solid basis for combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. , and reaffirms the commitment of Member States to their full and effective implementation.
The political declaration welcomes the progress made in many parts of the world in eradicating the scourge over the past 20 years, while acknowledging with concern that the scourge still persists in all parts of the world and that countless human beings continue. to be victims of the today.
It recognizes with deep concern the rise of discrimination, hate speech, stigma, racism, systemic racism, stereotypes, racial profiling, violence, xenophobia and intolerance, both in person than online, directed, among others, against Africans and people of African descent. , Asians and people of Asian descent, indigenous peoples, Roma and persons belonging to other racial, ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities, as well as motivated by prejudices against persons based on their religions or beliefs, such as Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and Christianophobia, and against women and children, migrants, refugees, forcibly displaced persons, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, people with disabilities, the elderly, young people and other people in vulnerable situations.
It notes with concern the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on existing inequalities within societies and regrets that persons belonging to racial and ethnic minorities and other groups, including Asians and people of Asian descent , especially women and girls, have been victims of racist violence. violence, threats of violence, discrimination and stigma.
The political declaration commits to pursuing the common objective of ensuring the effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, while continuing to promote respect for human rights and strengthen governance. democracy, the rule of law, independent judicial institutions and the fight against impunity at the national and international level.
It reaffirms that the primary responsibility for effectively combating acts of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance rests with States and affirms that whenever such acts occur they must be condemned and their repetition prevented, and urges States to take appropriate preventive measures, including legislative measures, in this regard.
It aims to ensure that people of African descent have full access to protection and effective remedies through competent national courts and other state institutions against any act of racial discrimination, and the right to seek such racial discrimination. courts fair and adequate redress or satisfaction for any damage. suffered as a result of such discrimination.
It calls on all States, the United Nations system and international and regional organizations, and calls on all relevant stakeholders to fully engage and intensify their efforts to eliminate all racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance therein. is associated, and to continue cooperation with all relevant United Nations human rights bodies.
It reaffirms the firm determination of Member States to mobilize political will at national, regional and international levels and to accelerate the momentum to make the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance a priority. absolute.