50: Resolution on the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, meeting at its 28th Ordinary Session in Cotonou, Benin, from 23rd October to 6th November 2000:

Having considered the report on the UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance due to take place in South Africa from 31st August to 7th September 2001;

Noting that the African Commission and the OAU have not been adequately involved in the regional preparations for the World Conference;

Noting further that a regional experts seminar in preparation for the World Conference was held in Addis Ababa, 4th - 8th October 2000 and that a regional preparatory Conference is scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal in January 2001;

that it is critical that African States in general, including regional institutions and civil society be fully involved in the preparations for, and to influence the outcomes of the World Conference;

Recalling its decision to nominate Commissioner Jainaba Johm as the focal point for the preparation of this World Conference;

1. Resolves to seek observer status with the Preparatory Committee of the World Conference, the next session of which will take place in Geneva in May 2001;

2. Nominates a Committee of 4 members with the focal point as a convenor with the following mandate as follows:

3. Resolves to have this item on the Agenda of its 29th and 30th Ordinary Sessions; of the African Commission;

4. Requests the Secretariat to make all appropriate arrangements for the implementation of this resolution and report to the 29th Session.

Done in Cotonou, Benin, 6th November 2000.