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UN Passes Historic Resolution on the Rights of Persons
with Albinism
 
VANCOUVER, CANADA - On June 13, 2013 the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted by consensus a resolution sponsored by The African Group of Nations which recognizes and addresses the attacks and discrimination people with albinism face in many countries. The historic resolution came about as a result of significant cooperation between Under The Same Sun, the Somali Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Yusuf Mohamed Ismail, key member States led by The African Group, and The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. The strong leadership of the African Group of Ambassadors was key in this process.

Kabula - attacked April 26, 2010 in Tanzania
This resolution for the first time establishes at an international level that Persons with Albinism (sometimes called "albinos") face significant human rights violations in many countries. UTSS has data identifying 207 witchcraft-related attacks and killings of PWA's in 16 different African nations, with the majority of the victims being children. We believe severe discrimination, and at times fatal attacks, occur worldwide in a variety of situations. This historic resolution paves the way to further study and investigation by the UN and other bodies.
 
Click the links below to watch videos relating to this historic resolution:
 
 
Read the full text of the UN General Assembly Resolution L25:
 
 
 United NationsA/HRC/23/L.25

General AssemblyDistr.: Limited
10 June 2013

Original: English

ORAL REVISIONS
 

Human Rights Council
Twenty-third sessionAgenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
 
 Gabon (on behalf of the Group of African States): draft resolution

23/...Attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism

       The Human Rights Council
,

       Guided 
by the purposes, principles and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations,

       Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and recalling relevant international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,

       Reaffirming also that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person, and that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,

       Recalling
 the fundamental principle of equality and non-discrimination that underlies the Charter and international human rights instruments,

       Taking note
 of the work of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children,

       Reaffirming
 the right to health and education as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and relevant international human rights treaties,

       Expresses its concern
 at attacks against persons with albinism, including against women and children, which are often committed with impunity,

       Expressing its concern also 
at the widespread discrimination, stigma and social exclusion suffered by persons with albinism,

       Welcoming
 the steps taken and efforts made by the countries concerned, including initiating legal action against the perpetrators of attacks against persons with albinism, public condemnation of attacksgainst persons with albinism, the provision of temporary shelter to persons with albinism under threat of attack, and public awareness-raising campaigns,
 
 
        1.       Urges States to take all measures necessary to ensure the effective protection of persons with albinism, and their family members;

       2.       Calls upon States to ensure accountability through the conduct of impartial, speedy and effective investigations into attacks against persons with albinism falling within their jurisdiction, and to bring those responsible to justice, and to ensure that victims and family members have access to appropriate remedies;

       3.       Also calls upon States to take effective measures to eliminate any type of discrimination against persons with albinism, and to accelerate education and public awareness-raising activities;

       4.       Encourages States to share best practices in protecting and promoting the rights of persons with albinism;

       5.       Invites relevant special procedures of the Human Rights Council, as appropriate, in the framework of their mandate, to address the relevant aspects of the safety and non-discrimination of persons with albinism;

       6.       Invites States, in collaboration with relevant regional and international organizations, to promote bilateral, regional and international initiatives to support the protection of persons with albinism;

       7.       Requests the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights to submit a preliminary report on attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fourth session;

       8.       Decides to remain seized of the matter.
 
 
 
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