Human rights in practice: Experiences of people of African descent in Germany
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent, with the theme of “Recognition, Justice and Development.”
For centuries people of African descent have belonged to Germany and they continue to achieve a valuable societal contribution. However, racial bias, deeply rooted in the country’s colonial legacy, undermines their full enjoyment of human rights. People of African descent suffer from multiple, aggravated or intersecting forms of discrimination. Studies and findings by international and national bodies demonstrate that people of African descent still have limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security. The human rights situation of black Germans, migrants and refugees of African descent is equally disturbing and calls for stronger and concerted efforts to fight the causes and consequences of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
With this special event the High Council of the African Community in Germany in cooperation with the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency and Engagement Global (state organisation for development initiatives in Germany) would like to launch the International Decade for People of African Descent and inform the general public about the human rights situation of people of African descent. This special event targets representatives from politics, judiciary, administration, police, education, civil society, economy, science and media.
Prior to the launching event a three-day workshop (3 – 5 June) with community representatives will take place in Berlin to formulate approaches to promote the development of people of African descent during the decade.