Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action specify that a victim-oriented approach is an important tool to eliminate racial discrimination. Specific reference is made to Africans and people of African descent, Asians and persons of Asian descent, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees, minorities, the Roma and others.
Paragraph 7 of the Durban Programme of Action specifically "requests the Commission on Human Rights to consider establishing a working group or other mechanism of the United Nations to study the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of African descent living in the African Diaspora and make proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of African descent".
The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was established by Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/68 of 25 April 2002.
The mandate of the Working Group as contained in resolution 2002/68 o.p. 8 and further expanded in Commission on Human Rights resolution 2003/30 of 23 April 2003, o.p. 24-25, is to study the problem of racial discrimination faced by people of African decent, propose measures to ensure full and effective access to the justice system by people of African decent, submit recommendations regarding effective measures to eliminate racial profiling of people of African decent and elaborate short, medium and long-term proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of African decent.