Developing national action plans against racial discrimination

A practical guide

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Racism and racial discrimination hinder progress and cause suffering for millions of people in all countries around the world. Lasting improvements to counter racial discrimination at the national level require political will and a sustained and comprehensive approach. This publication is a tool for national human rights institutions (NHRIs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as individuals and groups affected by racial discrimination. It focuses on the need for comprehensive strategies and policies in the fight against racial discrimination, provides background information on the concept of national human rights action plans, and describes in detail the different phases for producing a national action plan with examples on how to set realistic objectives, clear targets and specific goals.




Non-discrimination and equality before the law and of the law constitute fundamental principles of international human rights law. The notion of equality is inseparable from that of human dignity essential to each and every person. Respect for human rights and the principles of equality and non-discrimination are interdependent and underpin the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the main international human rights treaties. Additionally, according to the International Court of Justice, the prohibition of racial discrimination constitutes an erga omnes obligation.


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