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The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent


The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will conduct an official visit to the United States January 18-January 29, 2016. The group will spend two days in Washington, DC at the beginning of their trip and will conclude their trip in Washington, DC on January 27-29. In addition to visiting Washington, DC the group’s trip will include visits to four additional communities in the United States. They will visit Baltimore, Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic region, Chicago, Illinois in the Midwest region, and Jackson, Mississippi in the South. They will also be visiting detention facilities during their visit to gather information on the experiences of incarcerated people of African descent.

The Working Group meets with the heads of State and of Government, with relevant Government ministers, representatives of independent human rights institutions, UN agencies, civil society, academia, the media, human rights defenders, people of African descent, among others. The Working Group will usually begin a visit in the capital city and then continue with visits to other cities or towns, as well as to rural areas of particular relevance to the role and situation of people of African descent.

The Working Group will gather the following types of information: any forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, afrophobia and related intolerance faced by people of African descent; measures taken to prevent racial discrimination and protect victims of racism and hate crimes; mechanisms for the protection, integration and inclusion of migrants and refugees; responses to multiple forms of discrimination that specific groups of African descent may face and the efforts undertaken by the authorities to protect people of African descent from violations. - See more