Human Rights Council

Item 9 General Debate - Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

26 September 2017

Mr. President,

International-Lawyers.Org and Geneva International Centre for Justice acknowledges and reaffirms the importance of the DDPA that was stressed on in Resolution 32/17 on “Racism on the human rights of women and girls” and by the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

The DDPA is the most comprehensive document for the elimination of racial intolerance and discrimination as it not only outlines direct, indirect, and disguised racism but also provides effective and practical measures towards implementing guidelines and best practices at the national and local level. It is, however, with deep regret that the DDPA has not received its due consideration as it would have improved the situation of current racial intolerance as seen in Iraq and Myanmar, in hate speech by people of influence, the response to migrants who seek work, refuge, and asylum, and the rise of hate groups. Worse still, for years certain member states in the Council have deliberately raised political, social, and cultural barriers and obstacles on furthering the full implementation of the DDPA.

The DDPA also addresses socio-economic disparities within society and demonstrates how they contribute to poverty and child labor. Moreover, DDPA recommendations from the grass-roots level to the governmental level tackle structural discrimination. DDPA solutions include integrating a gender perspective as well as a precise awareness raising measures that can be disseminated through campaigns, media, and artistic works.

To this end, we urge the Council and member states to explore legal solutions to overcome barriers and obstacles towards fruitful dialogue for the full implementation of the DDPA.

Thank you.

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