‘No safe space in society’: new UN report reveals the extent of systemic racism faced by people of African descent in Australia

Sat, 11 Nov 2023 03:33:29 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"A special UN working group this week tabled its first-ever report on the
experiences of people of African descent in Australia to the United Nations
Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The report documents what people of African descent living in Australia already
know: Australia has a racism problem.

In fact, the UN’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent said in
a press release at the end of their visit that people of African descent in
Australia are living “under siege of racism”.

The new report says people of African descent experience racism in many key
areas of life, including health, education and employment. It also highlighted
the use of racialised hate speech in political rhetoric, racial profiling in
law enforcement, and the highly racialised nature of Australia’s immigration
policies. In one section, the report said:"

Some refugees of African descent expressed surprise that settlement was less
of a protection tool, and more of a pathway to prison for their communities,
stating, “in Africa, we knew what was killing us.”

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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