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The International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 is a United Nations programme adopted for implementation in all member states from the resolution 16/237 of 2013 of the UN General Assembly. The decade seeks to address injustice and discrimination faced by people of African descent globally reflecting on and taking into account the history of discriminaton and mistreatment of people of African and African Descent from Slavery and Colonialism through to contemporary times.


United Nations member states highlighted since the 2001 Durban United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, the 2011 United Nations International Year of People of African Descent and resolution 16 for international decade in the current United Nations International Decade for People African Descent - 2015 -2024, a need to focus on the specific compensatory needs arising from this history for protection and asserting equal enjoyment by the people of African Descent of all fundamental human rights where they live.


By proclaiming the Decade, the international Community recognized that people of African Descent is a group of people, whose human rights and freedoms must be affirmatively promoted and protected because of long and protracted history of discrimination. The Decade is therefore a firm commitment of the international community and thus a call for National Action Plans and measures to eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance to people of African Descent and everyone in all countries.



Key objectives

The aim of the Decade is to ascertain equality, uphold dignity and compensation for the People of African Descent in three thematic areas of Recognition, Justice and Development. The Decade objectives are :

I

Promote respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by the People of African Descent as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights wherever they live. To combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; To reassert equality and non discrimination as fundamental human rights, thus transform victims of discrimination into rights holders and States into duty bearers in the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance of People of African Descent.

II

To foster greater knowledge and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of People of African Descent to global development of societies.

III

To promote actions and support programs that will lead to the achievement justice, recognition and development of African People wherever they live.



Three Major Themes

Justice

This requires all States to enact and implement policies and mechanisms for People of African Descent to access justice, to eradicate racial profiling and discriminative law enforcement that arbitrarily violates the rights of People of African Descent. It also requires states to adopt laws that combat racial discrimination and to provide enabling institutions to protect against racial discrimination -And to withdraw reservations and objections that are contrary to the International Covenant on Elimination of all Forms of racial Discrimination, among others.

Recognition

While people of African descent are enormously contributing to all aspects of life in countries the live, as a people they are seldom recognized. States are therefore tasked to provide avenues for the recognition of the people of African descent in all spheres of life.

Development

States are required to enable People of African Descent to participate in development and decision making and to provide affirmative programs that compensate people of African descent, given the history of discrimination and mistreatment of People of Africa.