GENVE, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — A group of experts from the United Nations (UN) on Friday presented a thematic report exposing the negative effects of racism and racial discrimination on the right to development, and urges the international community to address racism in all forms and combat inequality.
Mihir Kanade, chairman rapporteur of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development, presented the report at the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council. He said the experts hoped the report would help address racial discrimination and the obstacles it posed to social and economic development worldwide.
Kanade said racism and racial discrimination are one of the biggest obstacles to the realization of the right to development, and the right to development and the issue of racism are two of the most overlooked areas of human rights advocacy.
He quoted the report as saying that racial inequalities have not received the same attention as other forms of inequality outlined in the UN 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals.
According to studies shown in the report, women and men of African descent in Britain were respectively 4.3 and 4.2 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than their white counterparts.
Data from the United States shows that the death rate from COVID-19 among African Americans is more than double that of other racial groups in the country, the report found.
Individuals of African descent in the United States have a significantly lower life expectancy than the white population. In Australia and Canada, indigenous peoples also have significantly shorter life expectancies than other ethnic groups.
Likewise, the report showed that Roma populations across Europe have an average life expectancy between 5-20 years shorter and infant mortality rates 2-3 times higher than the general population.
Friday’s report also indicated that black people in the United States are nearly three times more likely to be killed by a police officer than white people, although they are 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed.
“As societies become increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural, greater investment in inclusiveness and cohesion is needed to reap the benefits of diversity for all humanity rather than seeing it as a threat,” the report highlights.
“The international community is called upon to reaffirm its commitment to universal human rights and shared values that enshrine equality and dignity for all within and beyond the framework of the right to development,” it added.