Have you ever experienced racial profiling? "Legitimising racial profiling authorises the police to stop, question and search someone solely on the basis of the person's race or ethnicity. In many situations police feel that they have been given the mandate by the larger society to “enforce and control” minorities rather than to “protect and serve” those communities. The problem here is...
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Did you know that we offer Fellowships to help people everywhere better defend human rights? We have just opened the application period for our Fellowship, focusing on people of African Descent. "We want to empower a new generation of advocates to combat racism everywhere, and to advance the human rights of Afro-descendants. While the abolition of slavery brought freedom, many of the deeply...
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Is racial profiling a problem where you live? "Legitimising racial profiling authorises the police to stop, question and search someone solely on the basis of the person's race or ethnicity. In many situations police feel that they have been given the mandate by the larger society to “enforce and control” minorities rather than to “protect and serve” those communities. The problem here is...
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What do you do when you see someone targeted by racism, or when you are personally targeted? In your experience, how often do bystanders step in to help? Meet Rokhaya Diallo, one of the most influential anti-racism activists in Europe today. Take up her call & Raise your voice on social media by calling everyone to #FightRacism, for a world free of discrimination & racial hatred. [ Ow.ly Link ]
FREEDOM CRY: Celebrations near the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1960

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#FightRacism: Countries should adopt legislation expressly prohibiting racist hate speech, including the dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority or hatred, incitement to racial discrimination, and threats or incitement to violence. It is not an attack on free speech or the silencing of controversial ideas or criticism, but a recognition that the right to freedom of expression...
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#FightRacism - an inspiring message from Thomas Bach, President of the Intl Olympic Committee: “Practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind, is a human right and a fundamental principle of the Olympic Movement. We believe in the power of sport to build bridges between communities, and the Olympic Games are an embodiment of how sport can help stand up against racial discrimination, and...
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March 21 is the Intl Day to #FightRacism. Stand up against discrimination, racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes - every time & everywhere it happens. People of African descent continue to be victims of racist hate crimes and racism in all areas of life. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head from the US to Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Muslim...
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#THISability, not disability. Wheelchair use, not wheelchair bound. People with disabilities, not physically or intellectually challenged. People with disabilities are not overcoming their disability - society places barriers in front of them. Find out what the barriers are that people with disabilities must overcome & What we should do to leave no one behind in Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan,...
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"Some men arrive. They force their way into a family’s home, rich or poor, house, hovel or hut, in a city or in a village, anywhere. They come at anytime of the day or night, usually in plain clothes, sometimes in uniform, always carrying weapons. Giving no reasons, producing no arrest warrant, frequently without saying who they are or on whose authority they are acting, they drag off one or...
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More than two-thirds of all countries in the world, that’s 141 States, have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice. But in the Philippines, a law has been proposed to bring back capital punishment for drug-related offences. UN human rights experts are urging lawmakers in the Philippines to reject this bill, saying “the use of the death penalty negates the inherent dignity of human...
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“Out of 10 million people deprived of a nationality globally, many, if not most of them belong to minorities,” UN expert @IzsakRita says. Among her concerns are an alarming increase in hate speech, xenophobic rhetoric and incitement to hatred against minorities worldwide, alongside a rise in extremism and far-right political parties. "We must never lose sight of Article 1 of the Universal...
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“Out of 10 million people deprived of a nationality globally, many, if not most of them belong to minorities,” UN expert Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues says. Among her concerns are an alarming increase in hate speech, xenophobic rhetoric and incitement to hatred against minorities worldwide, alongside a rise in extremism and far-right political parties. "We must...
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More than two-thirds of all countries in the world, that’s 141 States, have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice. But in the Philippines, a law has been proposed to bring back capital punishment for drug-related offences. UN human rights experts are urging lawmakers in the Philippines to reject this bill, saying “the use of the death penalty negates the inherent dignity of human...
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A woman reacts upon discovering her destroyed home in eastern Ukraine. In villages locked in ‘no man’s land’ between checkpoints, several hundreds of people are isolated and deprived of basic necessities. No access to ambulance services. The nearest grocery store is a 7km walk away. Children have to cross the contact line & walk up to 3 km to go to school. “Regardless of which party to the...
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Photo: An injured young boy standing outside his home after it was allegedly destroyed in a barrel bomb in Aleppo, Syria. War crimes against civilians were committed by all warring parties in the brutal battle to control Aleppo. “Perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity must be held to account,” said the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. “The scale of what...
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Photo: A volunteer stops a man from entering his burning home as firefighters extinguish a fire following an alleged airstrike in Syria last September. The Syrian conflict is "the worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II," said United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid today. "Ensuring accountability, establishing the truth and providing reparations must happen if the Syrian...
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"The private sector can play an important role to advance the human rights agenda. The landmark 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights are designed to improve standards and practices for business. Initiatives like the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) - just released - provide a useful framework for business and stakeholders - including investors - to address specific...
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Argentina is being commended by a UN rights expert for its “progressive laws and policies” aimed at stopping attacks on people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but the Government is being urged to do more to combat institutional violence. [ Ow.ly Link ]
“The battle against #climatechange is one that we can’t afford to lose because it’s the greatest threat to our survival,” said 16-year-old environmental activist Kehkashan Basu. Read this story about her inspiring work: [ Ow.ly Link ] #childrights