Durban Review Conference 2009

Source: The Electronic Intifada
The only issue discussed relating to United Nations Durban Review Conference on racism seemed to be Ahmadinejad and the Euro/North American boycotters. It could have been a chance to highlight other key issues like racism against vulnerable groups such as the Roma and the Dalit or the importance of reparations for descendants of the European-Atlantic slave trade. Yet again the racist reality that is life for Palestinians was hidden beneath the political rhetoric. April 28, 2009. [see more]
The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 61/149, decided to convene in 2009 a review conference on the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. To this end, it requested the Human Rights Council to prepare this event, making use of the follow-up mechanisms.

Scheduled to take place in Geneva from 20-24 April 2009, it was a follow-up to the conference held in Durban in 2001.

The main objectives of the Review Conference were: to review progress and assess implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action; evaluate the effectiveness of the existing Durban follow-up mechanisms; promote the universal ratification and implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and identify and share good practices achieved in the fight against racism.

The final resolution of the official Conference was not considered bad in its content, but powerless, due to the decision to make no mention of specific victims and States perpetuators. Let’s hope that in Durban +10 Conference planned for 2011, the true anti-racist States and organizations will be better prepared and braver to promote a world without racism and discriminations, a world based on true equality between all peoples and nations.
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Official information

Outcome document of the Durban Review Conference 2009 (OHCHR)

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Durban +5 - Durban Review Conference 2009, pdf

Racism and International Human Rights Law (pdf) (U.N. Human Rights)

General Assembly, 62nd. session - Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme

Declaration and Programme of Action 2001

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Freedom of religion or belief and contemporary forms of racism

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Racism, boycott and a big dose of hypocrisy (The Electronic Intifada)

U.N. protects Israel from racism charges

The US, Israel and the Durban Review Conference (South African Civil Society Information Service)

United Nations Monitor

Durban Review Conference: the first substantive Preparatory Committee meeting (AWID)

Battle for reparations (Workers World)

Assessing states progress towards eliminating racism (Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development)


Programme of Action 2001, Paragraphs 24 to 33 (ONU)

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Documents from the First Prep Comm Session August 27-31, 2007 (Eye on the UN)

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Durban Review PrepCom 2 (Substantive). Geneva, October 6 to 17, 2008 (Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe - ICARE)

NGO Orientation Session to the 2nd PrepCom (21 April - 2 May 2008) (CONGO)

Special Report - Durban Review PrepCom 1, 2008 (ICARE)

Human Rights Watch's Position Paper on the Durban Preparatory Committee (Human Rights Watch)

Civil society groups seek Durban review that rejects hatred (HRF)

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