Governments must be held accountable on ending racial discrimination

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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Governments around the world must be held accountable for safeguarding against racial discrimination in times of uncertainty.

That was the message from the top UN human rights official at the opening session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

Describing a world filled with "anxiety" as it hurtles toward what he called the "unknown", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressed the opening session of the UN's main committee on ending racial discrimination Monday.

High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the Committee it had two fundamental roles to play in holding governments accountable on issues of racial discrimination.

"Reaffirm our commitment to the rights which governments themselves must maintain as duty-bearers, and not to stoke the lowest and baseless instincts of human beings to for the sake of narrow political gain."   

The High Commissioner warned that ethnic nationalism was reviving itself in dangerous ways around the world.  He said governments must be careful not stoke resentment against populations or promote "scapegoating" when addressing economic challenges.

2015 marks 50 years since the adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations

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