Combatting glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: Call for input

​12 June 2020
Issued by:
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance
To inform the Special Rapporteur's 2020 report to the United Nations General Assembly

The Special Rapporteur presents two annual reports on combatting glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism, and other racially discriminatory ideologies to the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council based on the views and inputs collected from States, international organizations, National Human Rights Institutions, and civil society organizations. In June 2020, she will present to the Human Rights Council her fifth report, which addresses intersections of anti-Semitism with other forms of racism and intolerance. This call for submissions relates to her 2020 report to the General Assembly.

Additional guidance and information on the call for submissions is available below.

Additional Background, Guidance, and Information on the Call for Submissions


Anti-Semitic tropes associating Jews with disease and contagion have a long history. Recent reports document an increase of anti-Semitic incidents and conspiracy theories since the outbreak of COVID-19. Some of the ideology behind these manifestations of anti-Semitism overlap with those that during this period have also resulted in increases in anti-Asian and anti-black racism, Islamophobia, and attacks on non-nationals, in relation to the origin and propagation of COVID-19. These expressions of racism and xenophobia contribute to a general sense of fear. They also risk reinforcing ethnonationalist approaches to responding to the pandemic, which undermine the imperative of a global response.

Purpose of the Report

To address these trends, the Special Rapporteur will focus her 2020 report to the General Assembly on COVID-19 related anti-Semitic incidents, as well as other forms of racism and intolerance that have undermined the human rights of groups and individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion or other related grounds. The Special Rapporteur invites interested stakeholders to make written submissions on this topic.

How Submissions Will Strengthen Special Rapporteur's Report

The Special Rapporteur believes that wide participation is key to the quality of her report. She welcomes submissions from Member States, civil society organizations, private companies, academics, policy researchers, relevant experts, and other stakeholders.

For this report, the Special Rapporteur would especially appreciate submissions that provide:

  • Data, statistics, and trends detailing anti-Semitic incidents and other forms of racism and intolerance related to COVID-19;
  • Key issues, dilemmas, and challenges in combating anti-Semitism and other racist and xenophobic propaganda via the use of Internet, social media or any other technical means;
  • Key legal and policy measures at national, regional and international levels that aim to neutralize and eradicate the anti-Semitic movement fuelling xenophobic and hateful messaging and conspiracy trends using COVID-19;
  • Examples of good practices at national, regional, and international levels to eliminate racist ideologies or alleviate the manifestation of anti-Semitism in the pandemic crisis.

How to Submit Information to the Special Rapporteur

Please email written submissions to

The mandate will receive written submissions through 12 June 2020, but strongly encourages early submissions.

Respondents are requested to limit their comments to a maximum of 2,500 words.

Additional supporting materials, such as reports, academic studies, and other background materials may be annexed to the submission.

To help her team identify submissions, the Special Rapporteur kindly requests that respondents write "Submission regarding 2020 report on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices" in the email subject line.

The mandate welcomes submissions in the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), and any others. If you intend to submit contributions in any language other than English, kindly consider providing the English translation because this is the working language of the mandate. If we are unable to translate your submission due to limited resources, we will contact you to inform you.

Hard copy submissions may be sent to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211, Geneva 10 (Fax: +41 22 917 90 06).

Secure Submissions

If you have concerns about digital security and your submission, you may wish to contact organizations that can provide you with information and support. One such organization, Access Now, has a free digital security helpline to help keep individuals and organizations safe online. Inquiries can be sent to

Public Availability of Submissions

Please indicate in your submission whether we can publish all or part of it on the website of the Special Rapporteur. We will not publish any submissions without the explicit consent of the submitting individual and/or organisation.

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Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
Email: ohchr-racism.un@org

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