An appeal was made by the Chairman, Working Group on people of African Descent, Ms Catherine Namakula to the United Nations and other stakeholders to refrain from using Africa’s children images in undignified circumstances.
This appeal was made in a report published and presented to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Namakula said in an Interview with the News agency of Nigeria: “We made an appeal to the United Nations and other stakeholders to desist from using images of African children of African descent in undignified circumstances of dire poverty for marketing and fundraising”.
UN human rights experts stated in the report, how discrimination affects black boys and girls worldwide, to a point that they are not seen as children even in the eyes of the law.
They added that these children have continued to suffer from unresolved legacies of trade and trafficking in enslaved Africans and also colonialism, post-colonial apartheid and segregation.
Furthermore, the Working Group on People of African descent highlighted discrimination in the areas of administration of justice, law enforcement, education and health in the report.
The report also outlined the challenges children of African descent, even in the diaspora are faced with, including police surveillance, racial profiling, strip searched and excessive use of force. It also entailed how false racial stereotypes of criminality, culpability and dangerousness sway decision making including by police officers, prosecutors, lawyers and judges globally.
However, according to report the Working Group said it was time to put an end to excessive use of force, extra-judicial killings, disparities, racial and stereotypes, systemic racial discrimination, hate speech and crimes against African children.
In addition, the Group called for the formation of a racial justice index to measure progress.