At a strategic consultation in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the National Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders adopted its 2024 Action Plan to enhance support for defenders amid shrinking civic space and heightened State focus on terrorism.
On 16 March 2022, ILEX Accion Juridica and ISHR made a joint statement during the Human Rights Council 49th session, calling upon the Colombian government to to guarantee the Afro-Colombian population’s right to be statistically visible in official information sources
In her report, the High Commissioner recommends using data to drive and assess responses to systemic racism.
Statistical invisibility is a manifestation of the racial discrimination faced by the Afro-descendant population in Colombia and Latin America. The absence of reliable and accurate statistical data and administrative records prevents the specific recognition of the needs of the Afro-Colombian population, which in turn translates into the impossibility of establishing targeted and effective actions to guarantee their human rights. In 2018, the Colombian state carried out the national population census, which failed to count a significant number of black people in Colombia, denying them their right to self-recognition and to be taken into account as subjects of human rights.
This absence of reliable and disaggregated data on the Afro-descendant population undermines their legal recognition and prevents them from participating effectively in their relations with public institutions. The absence of adequate statistical and administrative data impacts on other areas of human rights concern, such as racially motivated police violence. Police, prosecutorial and judicial institutions do not disaggregate information on incidents of police violence in racial-ethnic terms, which prevents them from knowing the real extent of this rights problem and from taking action to remedy it. Likewise, the absence of statistical data disaggregated according to ethno-racial identity hindered attention to the Afro-descendant population in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the population is not adequately visible, neither can it be adequately attended to by the state in the context of the pandemic.
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On 30 August 2022, the UN Human Rights Office concluded that the Chinese State may be responsible for committing crimes against humanity, in a report on human rights in the Uyghur region (Xinjiang). One year later, global pressure on Beijing remains high, ahead of a major UN human rights review in January.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights concluded its 77th Ordinary Session held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 20 October to 9 November 2023. During the session, the Commission renewed its Bureau. It received solemn declarations from elected and re-elected members and launched several documents and newsletters, among others.