UN Experts On People Of African Descent Visit Australia: Breaking Down Barriers And Advocating For Change

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From 12 to 20 December 2022, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will conduct a fact-finding visit to Australia.

The expert group, headed by Catherine S. Namakula, will collect data on any and all instances of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance to assess the general human rights situation of Africans and people of African descent.

The delegation of the Working Group, visiting at the invitation of the Government, will go to Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. They will meet with representatives from various sectors, including government institutions, individuals working on issues related to racism and racial discrimination, and people of African descent.

To assess the good practices and gaps in protecting human rights for people of African descent living in Australia, a delegation will be performing examinations which include Barbara Reynolds and Dominique Day- both experts on human rights.

The experts will also promote the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

On Tuesday, 20 December, at 12:00 pm, the delegation will release their preliminary findings and recommendations to the public at Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

“We are very excited to be visiting Australia and hope that our visit will serve as an opportunity for discussion on how we can work together to break down barriers and advocate for change,” said Catherine S. Namakula, head of the Working Group.

We know that racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination against people of African descent are still too prevalent in Australia. We hope our visit will help raise awareness about these issues and spark a dialogue on how they can be addressed.

We look forward to meeting with government officials, stakeholders working on issues related to racism, and members of the African diaspora community during our visit. Our discussions will be fruitful and help us better understand the challenges people of African descent face in Australia and the solutions being put forward to address these issues.

“We urge the government to take concrete steps to address racism and other forms of discrimination against people of African descent in Australia, and we look forward to working with them, as well as all stakeholders, on this important issue,” Namakula added.

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