The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent is undertaking a fact-finding mission in Chicago on January 24th – 25th. The Working Group is touring four cities, including Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Jackson in addition to Chicago. The purpose of the visit is to gather as much evidence about the current state and conditions of people of African descent in the United States, particularly as it pertains to criminal justice and the respect for our economic, social and cultural rights, that will be reported on directly to the Human Rights Council in the form of a report. This report will be used to pressure the United States government to respect, protect, and fulfill its human rights obligations to people of African descent living within the United States.
The visit of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will also be utilized as an opportunity to promote the International Decade of People of African Descent. The International Decade commenced on January 1st, 2015 and is set to end December 31st, 2024. Chicago Anti Eviction Campaign, Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, National Conference of Black Lawyers,Chicago Independent Human Rights Council, N’COBRA,Fearless Laeding by the Youth(F.L.Y.),BlackStar, and Black People Against Police Torture are utilizing the decade to try and promote systemic change for people of African descent in the United States. We intend on doing ongoing program to promote the decade, the case for reparations, and the call for a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice over the course of the next 9 years. For more information on the International Decade for People of African Descent visithttp://www.un.org/en/
All people who identify as people of African Descent (i.e. Black people, African Americans, New Afrikans, etc.) regardless of class, gender, or age are encouraged to participate in this process.
What is the UN Working Group of People of African Descent?
The members of the Working Group are appointed, independent experts from various countries dedicated to improving the human rights situation of people of African descent around the world. One of their mandates is to visit different countries to examine critically the situation of people of African descent in the country, identify problems, and make recommendations for resolution of the problems. There will be 3 experts who will visit and 2 UN staff. For more information about the Working Group,
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