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Racial Discrimination against Afro Descendants Discussed At OAS

  June 28, 2013

Over 200 million people of Afro descent living in the Americas still face discrimination and inequality in spite of public commitment to equality. The issue was discussed at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC this week as the Inter American Human Rights Commission and the Rapporteurship on the Rights of People of African Descent and Against Racial Discrimination, launched a series on Transforming the Invisible into the Visible.

Addressing stakeholders, Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, a Caribbean national, described discrimination as being “among the most repulsive forms of human behavior, slicing away at human dignity and hurting the very soul.” According to Ramdin, while many countries recognize the problem, “discrimination in all forms is sometimes built into an environment and almost becomes almost structural.”

Pointing to the recent adoption of the Inter American Convention Against Racial Discrimination at the OAS General Assembly in Antigua, Guatemala, the high ranking OAS official pointed to the momentum building on the issue and called on leaders and citizens to “go beyond agreeing to the precepts of conventions, and translate them into solid actions by implementing laws and policies which promote equality, opportunity and a level playing field.”

Recounting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights- Ramdin reiterated the OAS’ commitment to the protection and protection of equality and justice.

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Reference: E-256/13