In a region where the existence of racism and racial discrimination has long been systematically denied, the adoption of the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance by the OAS General Assembly in 2013 represents substantial progress in the recognition of disparities based on racism. The existence of an instrument of this nature is a necessary first step in the fight against racial and ethnic discrimination.
Although the Inter-American Convention Against Racism has great potential to achieve the goal of recognizing, addressing, repairing, and eradicating racism, racial discrimination, and all forms of intolerance, the small number of ratifications by the States in the region has not allowed it to be used effectively. With a surge in hate crimes motivated by race, color, and national or ethnic origin in the region, the Inter-American Convention Against Racism cannot be set aside or left behind.
As part of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2014-2024), The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights seeks to promote the ratification and implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Racism. To this end, we have launched a campaign entitled “Towards A Region Free From Racism” to achieve universal ratification and implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Racism by 2024.
Race & Equality is committed to increasing awareness of the benefits of the CIRDI, sharing good State practices, and expanding our institutional engagement with governments, international organizations, civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. Race & Equality’s campaign will support governments in overcoming challenges standing in the way of ratification and full implementation, including gaps in resources, capacity, and technical expertise.