The Annual Fellowship Program for People of African Descent offers an intensive learning opportunity to people of African descent on human rights issues of particular importance to Afro-descendants globally. This video outlines the experiences of some of the Fellows from the batch of 2016.
In this interview with Deutsche Welle, Elisabeth Kaneza, Fellow of the 2015 UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme on People of African Descent, speaks about the findings of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on their visit to Germany, 20-27 February 2017.
When Africans were brought centuries ago to Cuba to work on the sugar plantations, they also brought their cultural traditions including their music and instruments. When they arrived on the island, they embraced the tempo of the indigenous population and mixed it with their own African beat. Now young people are keeping the music of the enslaved alive in their own creations.
People like Ervin Simmons in the United States, Sandra dos Santos in Brazil, and Imran in India, featured in this UN video, are all descendants of African slaves. Around 200 million people in the Americas identify themselves as being of African descent. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent. The Decade aims to promote recognition, justice and development for people of African descent.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover delivering a message on the Decade for People of African Descent
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover's video message for the 18th session of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (11- 15 April 2016)
Gujarat in western India is home to more than 20,000 Siddis, an ethnic group of African descent. But today, many live on the fringes of society, in poverty. One young man is fighting to protect their unique heritage – as well as their close ties with the remaining Asiatic lions of the neighbouring Gir forest - by raising awareness of their culture through dance.
UNESCO Director-General message at the UN General Assembly on the launch the International Decade on People of African Descent (2015-2024)
More than four million slaves were shipped to Brazil from the coast of Africa during the 16th century and onward. But the practice of slavery was abolished in 1888 when abolitionists brought the issue to the forefront. Today, descendants in Danda community – a quilombo – fight for their right to land that their ancestors once lived and worked on for generations.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein hails the launch of the United Nations Decade for People of Africa Descent.
The decade focuses on protecting the rights of people of African heritage, recognizing their contributions and preserving their rich cultural heritage. This also includes the descendants of slaves - the Gullah Geechee people - who live in South Carolina and Georgia in the United States.
Launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent. The main objective of the International Decade is to promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Bolivians of African descent still find themselves living on the sidelines of society. While for many of them racism remains a part of their daily lives, the election of Jorge Medina, the first black deputy in the Bolivian parliament, offers a glimpse of hope.
On 19 October 2011, American poet and author Maya Angelou was honoured at the United Nations as one of the elders of the community of literary greats and a strong voice for human and civil rights. Ms. Angelou displayed a poem entitled a "Brave and Startling Truth" that she wrote for the organization's 50th anniversary.
“Slave Routes: A Global Vision” is an educational and informative documentary supported and produced by UNESCO. It presents the diverse histories and heritages stemming from the global tragedy of the slave trade and slavery. It provides an overview of the massive deportation of African populations to different parts of the world including the Americas, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and Asia.
Slavery is told through its materiality under the guise of slaves voices but also of those called the master or slave trader. Each one tells his experience (similar to that of some others) : from deportation to the plantations, from daily life to abolitions... The slave system from the inside.
The United Nations will unveil the "Ark of Return" at its headquarters in New York on 25th March. The "Ark of Return" is the Permanent Memorial in Honour of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Rodney Leon, an architect living and working in New York is the creator and designer.