The OHCHR anti-discrimination database aims at supporting the international combat against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
In accordance with paragraph 191 (d) of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) the database serves as a reference for Member States, National Human Rights Institutions, UN bodies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders in furthering their activities to combat racism and racial discrimination by providing easy access to information on measures taken at the international, regional and national levels, including: international and regional instruments, case law from international, regional and national courts, legal measures adopted by States, as well as information on policy and institutional measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
The areas covered by the database include measures to address racism and racial discrimination at the international, regional and national level.
The content of the database illustrates existing measures and practices to combat address racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance at the international, regional and national levels but does not seek to provide a comprehensive picture of the situation.
Specifically, the database includes:
The texts of relevant international and regional instruments
Information on existing avenues for remedy, recourse, redress and compensation
Relevant decisions of international, regional and national courts
The texts of legal measures adopted by States (including anti-discrimination legislation, constitutional law and other type of legal measures)
Documents containing information on policy measures (including National Action Plans against racial discrimination, National Action Plans on Human Rights containing anti-discrimination provisions, strategies and programmes and national papers)
Information on institutional measures (including ministries, NHRIs, equality bodies, secretaries, committees, working groups, networks, focal points, others
links to their websites are also included when available)
Existing measures categorized under different thematic areas. The classification of these thematic areas was based on those identified in the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
English is used throughout the database. When available, official texts are included in their original language, including French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, etc.