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Leaders Within The United Nations Galvanize Action For Reparations For People Of African Descent

During a United Nations meeting focused on the International Decade for People of African Descent, ending in 2024, General Assembly President Dennis Francis emphasized the need for continued efforts to combat racism and promote justice for people of African descent. He announced a meeting on reparatory justice to coincide with the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 

Highlighting the pervasive injustices stemming from slavery and colonialism, such as police brutality and inequalities, Francis and UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned racism as a violation of human rights and a moral wrong. Guterres called for global action to dismantle systemic racism and support policies that address racial bias, including in technology. 

The assembly reflected on the historical significance of the fight against racism, citing the apartheid system in South Africa and the legacy of George Floyd's death as catalysts for global protest and reform. The UN officials stressed that commemoration is insufficient and that eliminating discrimination demands tangible actions toward reparatory justice and the eradication of entrenched racial disparities in social structures and policies.

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Link: UN News


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