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Agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality

Implementation of HRC Resolution 43/1 and seminal report

On 28 June 2021, OHCHR released the High Commissioner’s groundbreaking report on racial justice and equality, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 43/1, adopted by consensus in June 2020 following an urgent debate on “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests”.

The report introduces a four-point agenda to end systemic racism and human rights violations by law enforcement against Africans and people of African descent. The High Commissioner calls upon States and the Human Rights Council to:

  • STEP UP: Stop denying and start dismantling
  • PURSUE JUSTICE: End impunity and build trust
  • LISTEN UP: People of African descent must be heard
  • REDRESS: Confront past legacies, take special measures and deliver reparatory justice

The High Commissioner presented the report to the 47th session of the Human Rights Council on 12 July 2021, following which the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to further the work on racial justice and equality.

For more on this report and to access inputs received from States and stakeholders, view the report page. Go directly to the High Commissioner’s report: Agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality (A/HRC/47/53)
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21 July 2021
LaTosha Brown – Dismantle structural racism

16 July 2021
Verene Sheperd- Reparations for past wrongs

14 July 2021
Bryan Stevenson- Enslavement did not end, it evolved

12 July 2021
Bachelet calls for "much stronger political will to accelerate action for racial justice and equality

Collette Flanagan - Supports mothers seeking justice

8 July 2021
Assa Traoré – Seeking truth and justice

7 July 2021
Roseli Barbosa dos Reis – Seeking justice

2 July 2021
Philonise Floyd - Equal justice for all

1 July 2021
Michael McEchrane - The brutal impacts of systemic racism  

29 June 2021
Dominique Day- disrupting racism starts with accountability

28 June 2021
Dismantling racism needs transformative change

28 June 2021
Teaser - UN Human Rights report on systemic racism

28 June 2021
UN Human Rights Chief urges immediate, transformative action to uproot systemic racism

19 March 2021
Oral update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the 46th session of the Human Rights Council on A/HRC/RES/43/1

Also available are a selection of soundbites from interviews conducted by the UN Human Rights Office, with people consulted for the report, including family members of victims.

Feature stories

19 July 2021

Participants hold placards during a protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, in Stockholm, Sweden June 3, 2020. © Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency/via REUTERSAnti-racism activists should be supported and protected- racial justice report
The groundswell of support across the world after the death of George Floyd in May 2020, and the continued activism of people of African descent, their communities, and others in standing up against racism across the world should be supported, says UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, adding that their voices must be heard and protected.

16 July 2021

High Commissioner: Acknowledging and confronting historical legacies crucial for racial justice
UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet calls on States to acknowledge the legacies of enslavement, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism and to engage in a concrete path towards racial equality and justice for Africans and people of African descent.

2 July 2021

"Your skin colour should never be seen as a weapon"
After hearing the testimonies of the families of those who died during or after an encounter with law enforcement, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet calls on States to"reimagine policing, and reform the criminal justice system, which have consistently produced discriminatory outcomes for people of African descent."

29 June 2021

Seminal UN report offers an agenda to dismantle systemic racism
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bachelet’s newly released Agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality highlights a way forward towards reversing cultures of denial, dismantling systemic racism and accelerating the pace for action.

17 June 2020

Speakers urge definitive action to combat systemic racism
"I am asking you to help us – Black people in America," said Philonise Floyd to the Human Rights Council. The death of his brother George in the USA in May led to global protests against racism and police brutality. It also led to an urgent debate on systemic racism during the Council’s 43rd session.