The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Stories

Combatting discrimination is a priority of the United Nations Human Rights Office: read our recent feature stories about this issue and the anti discrimination programmes of the Office.


Rights advisory committee starts study on the rights of persons with albinism
Persons with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. The Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council starts a study on priority areas of protection of the rights of persons with albinism.

Savio Mahimaidass: calling to end caste-based discrimination worldwide
“Caste-based discrimination is not just an Indian issue. It’s a global issue,” says Savio Mahimaidass, the 2013 Fellow of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and member of the Dalit community.


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest statesmen of the modern era. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay remembers her fellow countryman as a man who fought for dignity and liberty for all citizens, regardless of race.

Society at large should combat racism, say sports professionals
Racism is a societal problem not inherent to sport and more precisely football, say football associations at a special event at the United Nations in Geneva.

“Everyone turned a blind eye”- UN Rights Chief at Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay commemorates the victims of the Nazi regime at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum during her first official visit to Poland.

Working for a more inclusive policy towards migrant Roma in France
The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe works with civil society organizations and the French Government to change the policy of forced evictions of migrant Roma in France.

UN expert group calls for the recognition of people of African descent
Recognizing that people of African descent are a distinct group particularly vulnerable to racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia is essential to increasing their visibility and enabling them to realize their human rights, say UN human rights experts.

A new electronic database helps eradicate racial discrimination
A new database, developed by the UN Human Rights Office, illustrates existing measures and practices to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance at the international, regional and national levels.

Mandela’s strength and commitment: an example to all and a call for action
Every year on 18 July, the United Nations observes "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. 

Paving the way to a better future for Roma families in Serbia
The United Nations Human Rights Office and its partners engaged with the Serbian Government to ensure human rights standards were observed in the process of moving Roma families from the slums of Serbia’s capital Belgrade.

Between tradition and exclusion: struggling for the right to pitch a trailer
Candy Sheridan advocates for the rights of the Irish Travellers who were evicted from Dale Farm in Basildon, United Kingdom, over a year ago.

The politics of exclusion continue in and around Rome
Roma migrants and their defenders describe the living conditions in camps, and forced evictions by the local authorities in Rome, Italy.

Innovative grassroots projects for Roma integration in the Czech Republic
The UN Human Rights Office has welcomed projects for the integration of the Roma population launched by the local authorities in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Regrettably, critical civil society voices were excluded in the process.

Empowering Roma in rural Hungary
UN and civil society are making efforts to empower the Roma in Cserehát region in their struggle against socio-economic exclusion and racial discrimination.

Time to kick racism out of football
“Sport at its best is inclusive, generous-hearted and fundamentally multicultural, based on values such as teamwork, loyalty, merit and self-control”, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, at a panel discussion on racism in sport.

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