On 27th September 2023 the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (UN WGEPAD) released a final report in response to the UN WGEPAD visit to Australia from 12-22nd December 2022 to assess the human rights situation of peoples of African descent. In the report, the Working Group provides an overview of the current legal, institutional and policy framework and measures taken to prevent racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance faced by people of African descent in Australia, underscoring positive developments as well as gaps in implementation. Under the umbrella of manifestations of racial discrimination, the Working Group describes several key areas to be addressed:
- Covid-19 response measures;
- Hate speech and negative racial stereotypes;
- Law enforcement, racial profiling, and impunity;
- Immigration and Resettlement Policy;
- Asylum, Mandatory Detention, and Indefinite detention;
- Structural discrimination;
- Cultural Rights: Theatre, Music, Food and Sport;
- Intersectional and multiple forms of discrimination;
- Children of African Descent.
Concluding the report, the UN WGEPAD highlights good practices and the main challenges identified and makes 107 concrete recommendations.
Zihabamwe presented on a panel at the UN Human Rights Council focussed on ‘Facilitating the journey to racial justice’ identifying 20 years of work of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent chaired by Ms. Barbara Reynolds, (Chair UN WGEPAD).
Upon returning from Geneva in October 2023, the AAAC Executive team will meet with Australian Government officials to deliver a response submission report developed in partnership with RMIT University. The submission details information regarding the UN WGEPAD process and visit to Australia, subsequent AAAC response along with recommendations for the government on how improvements can be achieved together through sustained efforts in co-design; assessing current multicultural policy and intercultural frameworks; and increased funding for specialist groups such as the AAAC. These findings reinforce the need for a national human rights act that protects everyone’s rights, regardless of who they are and where they live.
For more information pertaining to the key themes follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkftD3pkKNw.
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 Human Rights Council 54 Session: ID with the Working Group on the Rights… (sched.com). The proceedings will be livestreamed and uploaded to UN Web Tv: https://media.un.org;
 A/HRC/54/67/Add.2: Visit to Australia – Report of the Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent – Advance unedited version: https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/country-reports/ahrc5467add2-visit-australia-report-working-group-experts-people-african