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Discrimination and Human RightsThe Case of Racism$
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Sandra Fredman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246038

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246038.001.0001

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A Critical Evaluation of International Human Rights Approaches to Racism

A Critical Evaluation of International Human Rights Approaches to Racism

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Discrimination and Human Rights



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This chapter explores the origins of the international human rights approaches towards racism and racial discrimination. It examines the activities and policies pursued at the international level in countering racism and racial discrimination, as well as the institutions through which such activities and policies have been pursued. It also describes an account of international human rights approaches on regional levels. It suggests a greater level of integration of national, regional, and global human rights approaches to the achievement of equality and non-discrimination for the future. It notes that apartheid is no more and decolonization is almost complete. The most important achievement of the international human rights approach to the elimination of racial discrimination has been to establish in international law a prohibition on racism as a state ideology and on the practice of all forms of racial or ethnic discrimination.

Keywords:   racism, racial discrimination, international human rights, equality, apartheid, decolonization, non-discrimination

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