2021 HRC Global call for concrete action against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Analysis of precedential value
This UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution was adopted by a recorded vote of 32 in favor and 10 against, with 5 abstentions in October 2021. The HRC is composed of elected representatives from 47 Member States; together, they are responsible for coordinating investigations of and responses to human rights violations.
Used as precedent
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“Expressing concern at the loss of life and livelihoods and the disruption to economies and societies by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights around the world, disproportionately affecting certain individuals, including those facing racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, which the pandemic has highlighted and exposed, including underlying deep and long-standing structural inequalities and fundamental problems in various areas of social, economic, civil and political life, and exacerbated existing inequalities, and recalling that systemic and structural racism and racial discrimination further exacerbate inequality in access to health care and treatment, leading to racial disparities in health outcomes and a higher rate of mortality and morbidity among individuals and groups facing racial discrimination” (p. 2)
“Recognizing that the design and use of emerging digital technologies can exacerbate and compound existing inequalities, many of which exist on racial, ethnic and national origin grounds, and that a major concern is the prevalence of emerging digital technologies in determining everyday outcomes in employment, education, health care and criminal justice, which introduces the risk of systemized discrimination on an unprecedented scale” (p. 3)