Sunday, January 24, 2016

The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will carry out a fact-finding visit to the United States from 19 to 29 January 2016

WASHINGTON / GENEVA (15 January 2016) – The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will carry out a fact-finding visit to the United States from 19 to 29 January 2016, at the invitation of the US Government. The Group’s delegation will travel to Washington DC, Baltimore, Jackson (Mississippi), Chicago and New York City.

“We will gather first-hand information about the current human rights situation of African-Americans, and follow up on the recommendations to fight racism we made during our last visit to the country in 2010,” said human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, who currently heads the expert panel.


Mireille Fanon Mendes-France is the daughter of Frantz Omar Fanon.  She a professor at Paris Descartes University and a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in international law and conflict resolution. She has also worked forUNESCO and the French National Assembly, and she serves as president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation For more than four decades, the life and works of Frantz Fanon have inspired national liberation movements inPalestineSri Lanka, the U.S. and South Africa.  In The Wretched of the Earth (1961, Les damnés de la terre), published shortly before Fanon's death, the writer defends the right of a colonized people to use violence to gain independence. In addition, he delineated the processes and forces leading to national independence or neocolonialism during the decolonization movement that engulfed much of the world after WWII. In defence of the use of violence by colonized peoples, Fanon argued that human beings who are not considered as such (by the colonizer) shall not be bound by principles that apply to humanity in their attitude towards the colonizer.

The delegation, which also includes human rights experts Sabelo Gumedze and Ricardo A. Sunga III, will address current concerns, and assess progress made in combatting racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia, and protecting and promoting the human rights of African- Americans.

The experts will also promote the International Decade for People of African Descent*, which runs from 2015 to 2024 and aims both to highlight the contribution of people of African descent to societies and strengthen national, regional and international cooperation to ensure the human rights of people of African descent are respected, promoted and fulfilled.

During its eleven-day visit, the experts will meet with Government officials at Federal, state and local levels, representatives of civil society organizations, as well as academics, practitioners and individual African-Americans. Following its visit, the Working Group will present a report containing its findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.

FAU's solution for the people of African Descent in the USA is based what President Obama has said to the UN HRC is the US number 1 problem - racism. He said that in the UN Universal Periodic Review of the USA in 2015. 

Friends of the African Union and its Partner New Future Foundation through the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the USA(#UNUPR) asked for $5 Trillion of this Authority to End Institutionalized Federal Government Racism. The President tells the federal reserve to buy debt that we and allies generate to solve the problems in the USA of the people of African Descent in the USA. This is based on the following proposed distribution of debt - 


The Universal Periodic Review "has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

5 comments:

  1. Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs, U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Remarks at the UN Exhibit Opening for the International Decade for People of African Descent - 01/14/2016 03:45 PM EST

    Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
    U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs
    U.S. Mission to the United Nations
    New York City
    January 12, 2016
    AS DELIVERED

    Promoting respect, protection, and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration is a task we’re all called upon to perform, on behalf of peoples everywhere, but of course, when it comes to people of African Descent, in many countries this takes on increasing urgency, as we look to confront the legacy of slavery.

    And we still struggle to this day with this legacy. It’s a tremendous reminder to us all that how we reconcile – or not – with violent episodes from our past – and slavery is among the most violent of crimes humans can commit on one other humans – how we reconcile or not are drivers of development. We need to be thinking at the UN how we lift up historical memory, how we continue to combat trafficking, how we elevate the focus on slavery and efforts to end slavery, and this exhibit is an excellent contribution.

    In the United States, as was noted, the civil rights movement took equality, especially the exercise of equal protection of political rights as central to confronting our legacy of slavery. For while the 13th and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution ended slavery formally and established, at least in our Constitution, the equality of African-Americans, the enactment of the so-called Jim Crow laws, especially in, but not limited to the American South, established new ways of exclusion that prevented African-Americans from living that equality.

    The seminal achievements of the civil rights movement, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, largely eliminated overt legalistic attempts to deny African-Americans the ability to exercise their political rights. But that struggle continues here in the United States today, especially in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court 2013 decision that key sections of the law were unconstitutional. The work of the international decade remains very timely.

    The United States also considers the goals of the International Decade for People of African Descent to be an important part of our foreign policy. Just as we have seen the pernicious impact of social exclusion on African-Americans in the United States, we are partnering with a number of countries in the Western Hemisphere to engage historically marginalized groups, including people of African descent, and address the underlying causes of inequality by improving access

    to justice, services, and economic opportunity.

    We’ve been very active in partnership with Brazil and Colombia. In Colombia, the entire U.S. Mission has made the concerns of the Afro-Colombian population a significant priority.

    In Brazil, we look forward to continued activities under the U.S-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality to address health disparities and figure out how we can give all our citizens equal access to quality health care.

    We’re extending our activities to places as diverse as Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, among others.

    So on behalf of the U.S. Mission, we look forward to ways we can partner with Member States, both here in New York and elsewhere, to ensure that people of African descent are able to live their lives in the full exercise of their rights. Thank you very much.

    ###

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ambassador Sarah Mendelson was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations on October 8, 2015 and sworn in to her post on October 15, 2015. Ambassador Mendelson has spent over two decades working on development, democracy, and human rights as a scholar and practitioner both inside and outside of government. From May 2010 to May 2014, Ambassador Mendelson served as deputy assistant administrator, responsible for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She was also the agency lead on combatting human trafficking. At USAID, she directed a staff of nearly 100 with an annual budget of approximately $120 million. Ambassador Mendelson comes to USUN from the Center for Strategic and International Studies where she worked from 2014-2015 and from 2001-2010 as senior adviser and inaugural director of the Human Rights Initiative. From 1999 to 2001, she was a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is the author and co-author of over 70 publications. Her research has included work on closing space around civil society, historical memory, public opinion in Russia, as well as knowledge and experiences with human trafficking. Dr. Mendelson received her B.A. in history from Yale University and her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Ambassador Mendelson is married to Dr. John R. Harvey

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congrats to Chairman Daniels, Queen Mother Blakeley Ambassador Mendelson FAU NFF, USMUN, and to all collaborative concerns. Many Blessings!!! The Distinghished Alumni Recipients and The Annual African American Alumni Activity of The Johns Hopkins University,Many Blessings, Dr.Jones (Ron Jones, M.D.) People Against Racism, Inc.(PAR),The HealthyMusic Research Lab:Teaching Tools For Tolerance Projects, The Global Industrial NumberCompany,Inc.(GLINC)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Congrats to Chairman Daniels, Queen Mother Blakeley Ambassador Mendelson FAU NFF, USMUN, and to all collaborative concerns. Many Blessings!!! The Distinghished Alumni Recipients and The Annual African American Alumni Activity of The Johns Hopkins University,Many Blessings, Dr.Jones (Ron Jones, M.D.) People Against Racism, Inc.(PAR),The HealthyMusic Research Lab:Teaching Tools For Tolerance Projects, The Global Industrial NumberCompany,Inc.(GLINC)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congrats to Chairman Daniels, Queen Mother Blakeley Ambassador Mendelson FAU NFF, USMUN, and to all collaborative concerns. Many Blessings!!! The Distinghished Alumni Recipients and The Annual African American Alumni Activity of The Johns Hopkins University,Many Blessings, Dr.Jones (Ron Jones, M.D.) People Against Racism, Inc.(PAR),The HealthyMusic Research Lab:Teaching Tools For Tolerance Projects, The Global Industrial NumberCompany,Inc.(GLINC)

    ReplyDelete