UN Human Rights Council calls for protection of people with albinism

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Albinism is a common genetic disorder in Equateur. Monieka, DRC. UN Photo/Marie Frechon

The United Nations Human Rights Council has called on states to take all measures necessary to protect people with albinism – an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes.

In a resolution adopted without a vote in Geneva on Thursday, the Council strongly condemns attacks on people with albinism and urges states to ensure accountability for the perpetrators.

It says there must be impartial, speedy and effective investigations into such attacks and victims and family members must have access to appropriate remedies.

Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella of Gabon, who introduced the resolution on behalf of the African Group, said it created a precedent for the UN Human Rights Council to address the issue that affects several countries.

"It's guided by the objectives, principles and provisions of the United Nations Charter as well as other relevant instruments with respect to human rights for the African Group to have this issue because of the great discrimination, stigmatization even exclusion that victimizes persons with albinism, including women and children sometimes leading to affecting their right to health, education, security freedom and, more seriously, their right to life." (22")

Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella said the African Group believes that stronger efforts by the international community are required to protect all the human rights of people with albinism.

Albinism occurs in all racial or ethnic groups throughout the world

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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