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UN: Germany failing to protect citizens of African descent

[JURIST] A UN Working Group [official website] on Monday concluded [UN report] that people of African descent in Germany suffer discrimination, profiling and xenophobia on a day to day basis. The report concluded that, "institutional racism and racist stereotyping by the criminal justice system has led to a failure to effectively investigate and prosecute perpetrators of racist violence, racial profiling and hate crimes against people of African descent." The report highlights how the General Equal Treatment Act [materials] is too narrow to afford protections to individuals of African descent. The group acknowledged that the Basic Law [text] of Germany guarantees human dignity for all, but does not extend to undocumented people. The panel suggested recommendations to the German government so they can afford more protection to this population.

Discrimination against certain populations is a worrying trend throughout the world. Also this month the UN Chief warned all UN member states that the rise of populism and extremism was creating a threat [JURIST report] to human rights for some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. As the rhetoric of nation states is ramped up against immigrants, international organizations fear the recourse and potential violence that will be experienced by these people. On Thursday Amnesty International [advocacy website] released a report that linked politics to the ongoing hate and fear due to limiting human rights [JURIST report] around the world.

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