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Africa-Middle East Regional Forum to spotlight stronger protection for minorities and mark 30th anniversary of United Nations (UN) Declaration on Minorities

Africa-Middle East Regional Forum to spotlight stronger protection for minorities and mark 30th anniversary of United Nations (UN) Declaration on Minorities
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Africa-Middle East Regional Forum to spotlight stronger protection for minorities and mark 30th anniversary of United Nations (UN) Declaration on MinoritiesThe Africa-Middle East Regional Forum on minority issues will take place from 6-7 September 2022, with a focus on building stronger recognition and protection for the rights of minorities.

The forum will mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues Fernand de Varennes will convene the Regional Forum in coordination with the Tom Lantos Institute. The forum will be held online and will be open to the media.

 

“Review-Rethink-Reform is the theme of this year’s Regional Forum. The time has come to reflect on the challenges facing minorities in Africa and the Middle East, the extent their situation has evolved in the last 30 years, and what is needed to build stronger rights recognition and protection, including in the region,” de Varennes said.

Hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco, the Regional Forum will bring together around 200 representatives from 40 countries, UN and regional organisations, academics, civil society groups specialising in minority issues, and representatives of minorities.

Speakers will include Abdelkarim Boujradi, Secretary General of the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights of the Kingdom of Morocco, Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, Chairperson, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Nouhoum Sangaré, OHCHR Regional Representative for Central Africa, Abigail Noko, OHCHR Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Benjamin Hounton, Deputy Regional Representative and OIC of OHCHR Regional Office for Western Africa, Marcel Akpovo, OHCHR Regional Representative for East Africa and to the African Unio and Anis Anani, Officer in Charge, MENA Section, OHCHR.

The Regional Forum for Africa and the Middle East is the third of four regional fora convened by the UN Special Rapporteur in 2022. Discussions will inform the work and recommendations of the 15th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues taking place in Geneva in December 2022.

A livestream of the event will be available here. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, Arabic, French, Amazigh and Arabic Sign Language. More information about the speakers and the agenda of the Africa-Middle East Regional Forum on Minority Issues is available on the webpage

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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Africa-Middle East Regional Forum to spotlight stronger protection for minorities and mark 30th anniversary of United Nations (UN) Declaration on Minorities

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