Therefore I would call upon all States to fully implement and comply with their

Therefore i would call upon all states to fully

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Therefore, I would call upon all States to fully implement and comply with their international human rights obligations and engagements. In particular the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and, the Outcome Document of the Durban Review Conference. I also urge States to review and redesign legislation, policies and programmes that have a disproportionate effect on individuals of specific racial or ethnic group, including those legislation, policies and programmes that may discriminate directly or indirectly specific ethnic minorities, including Roma, Sinti, Gypsies, Travelers, and victims of inherited status systems. 7
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I further recommend Mr Presidenr, the adoption, when necessary, of new legislation, policies and programmes in conformity with international human rights standards, including national strategies and plans of action against racism focusing on structural discrimination against specific ethnic or racial groups, including the most vulnerable such as migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and statelessness persons. While I am aware that legislative or administrative measures are prerequisite for any concrete action by States, I strongly encourage Governments to complement legislative process with others measures: First, the enactment of special measures, including measures to redress historical wrongs is important. In this regard, I would like to refer in particular to article 1.4 of the ICERD. Such measures contribute to foster integration of racial or ethnic minorities into education, health, housing, the workplace and other areas. In addition, by correcting historical distortions, special measures contribute to build a more solid democratic society, in which different groups cooperate on a regular basis. (A/HRC/11/36). Secondly, Mr President, I would recommend the use of ethnically disaggregated data and statistics in order to assess the impact of structural racial discrimination, including with respect to access to employment, housing, education, and health. It is indeed crucial to have a comprehensive picture of this phenomenon and to design targeted policies and measures, including affirmative action that will remedy these inequalities. I would like to recall that the principles of privacy, self-identification and involvement of 8
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all communities in such data-gathering activities should be respected at all times within this framework. Thirdly, Mr President, education is crucial to promote democratic values and to promote human rights; to instill a sense of tolerance, understanding and respect; and to build pluralistic and inclusive societies. I therefore encourage Governments to adopt appropriate measures in this respect and I would advice that States also initiate awareness raising activities. These recommendations, Mr President should be implemented with due respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in close cooperation with concerned communities and civil society. I thank you for inviting me and for listening to my proposal on these issues. 9
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