Human Rights Council 53rd Session.
Item 9 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Statement delivered by Ms Jannicke GRAATRUD Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic Countries (NB8) :
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden
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10 July 2023
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.
We welcome the first report of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism which gives the strategic vision and priorities for the mandate holder.
We stay fully committed to combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 75th anniversary of the Declaration gives us the opportunity to highlight the need for strengthening efforts against all forms of discrimination.
Let me highlight two aspects from the report which we find especially important:
Persons can face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination based on gender, race, and ethnicity. We are pleased that the mandate holder pays attention to the relationship between gender discrimination and racism.
To advance on the implementation of the Durban declaration and to move the international debate on racism further we need engagement from all relevant stakeholders.
What steps will the Special Rapporteur take to have a broad and inclusive approach to the process going forward?