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Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism

Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

Purpose of mandate

Millions of human beings continue to be the victims of varied forms of racism, racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and related intolerance. These scourges not only persist, they are continually assuming new forms. The mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism was created to intensify international efforts to combat these violations of basic human rights.

In this role, the Special Rapporteur transmits urgent appeals and communications to States regarding alleged violations of international human rights law; undertakes fact-finding country visits; and submits reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

About the mandate

The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism is an independent human rights expert appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The mandate was created in 1993 by its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights (by resolution 1993/20). In 1994, the mandate was defined more precisely by resolution 1994/64.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur was most recently renewed for another period of three years by Human Rights Council resolution 34/35, adopted on 24 March 2017.

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About the Special Rapporteur

Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, ©OHCHR
Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume, ©OHCHR


Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume (Zambia) was appointed by the Council as the 5th Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in September 2017. She took up her functions on 1 November 2017.  Read the Special Rapporteur E. Tendayi Achiume's biography


Latest thematic reports

Reparation, racial justice and equality: This report to the 74th session of the General Assembly addresses the human rights obligations of Member States in relation to reparations for racial discrimination rooted in slavery and colonialism. View report page | View report A/74/231

Global extractivism and racial equality: The report to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council explains why racial equality and non-discrimination obligations enshrined in the international human rights framework must be central to reform, regulation and evaluation of the extractivism economy. View report page | View report A/HRC/41/54

State actions on combating glorification of Nazism; Resurgence of anti-Semitism: This report, presented to the 74th session of the General Assembly summarizes State submissions regarding the actions they have taken to combat the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. View report A/74/253

In addition, the Special Rapporteur addresses the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the context of neo-Nazi and related intolerance, and alarming trends of anti-Semitic violence, hate crimes, hate speech and other incidents. She also canvasses States’ obligations under human rights law to counter the spread of anti-Semitism.

Trends in glorification of Nazism; Efforts to recruit and radicalize young people: This report, presented to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council provides an update on trends in and manifestations of glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and related ideologies; and a human rights analysis of efforts by contemporary Nazi, neo-Nazi and other extremist groups to recruit and radicalize young people. View report A/HRC/41/55

Latest country reports

Morocco country visit (13 – 21 December 2018)
View report A/HRC/41/54/ADD.1

United Kingdom country visit (30 April – 11 May 2018)
View report A/HRC/41/54/Add.2

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Calls for Input

2020 Report to the GA on combatting glorification of Nazism: Rise of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in times of COVID-19 Deadline: 12 June 2020

Race, borders and digital technologies Deadline: 15 May 2020

Country visit to Qatar.
Closed. End of mission statement now available

2020 Report to the HRC on combatting glorification of Nazism: Intersections of Antisemitism with Other Forms of Racism and Intolerance.
Closed. Report to be presented to HRC 44th session in June 2020

New information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination Closed. Report to be presented at HRC 44th session in June 2020.

Country visit to the Netherlands Closed. End of visit statement available.

Activities

UN News Podcast: Covid-19 and Racism (also: Chinese, French)

Open letter to the United Nations Network on Migration on their Workplan (PDF)
December 2019

Amicus brief to Supreme Court of India (PDF)
December 2019

Newsletter (PDF)
June 2019

Statement delivered at the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration (December 2018) (PDF)

Open Letter from the Special Rapporteur on Racism on Draft Rev 2 of the Global Compact on Migration (PDF) June 2018
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Former Mandate holders

Mr. Mutuma Ruteere (Kenya)
November 2011 - October 2017

Mr. Githu Muigai (Kenya)
August 2008 - September 2011

Mr. Doudou Diène (Senegal)
August 2002 - July 2008

Mr. Maurice Glèlè-Ahanhanzo
(Benin) 1993 - July 2002