UN Anti-Racism Review Conference: HRF Calls on Governments to Prevent Repeat of Problems that Plagued 2001 Conference
- Venue: The review conference should be held on UN premises in Geneva or New York, as is typically the case for such UN conferences.
- Agenda: The agenda for the review conference should be limited to a review of implementation of the 2001 Durban Declaration and Program of Action, the commitments states undertook to combat racism and protect individuals from discrimination and other human rights violations. Additional issues, such as defamation of religions and other topics outside the scope of these commitments, should not be added to an already full agenda.
- Civil Society Participation: A constructive platform for NGO input should be created in accordance with established UN rules regulating their participation in official meetings. Nongovernmental organizations have an important role to play in providing oversight on the implementation of these commitments.
- On a separate track, Human Rights First is working in coalition with others to encourage NGOs who decide to engage in this process to conduct themselves with a respect for human rights standards and principles. Click here to read about the core principles.
Since 2002, Human Rights First has fought discrimination by seeking to reverse the tide of antisemitic, racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim violence and other bias crimes across Europe and North America. More information about HRF’s Fighting Discrimination Program can be found at http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/discrimination/index.asp.