Africa Albinism Alliance

Submission in response to call for input for
report on 20th anniversary of the Durban
Declaration and Programme of Action
Submission by Africa Albinism Alliance to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary
forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.

8 August 2021
Submitting organisation:
The African Albinism Alliance, established in February 2021 is a consortium of
organizations working to promote – through human rights advocacy – the dignity, rights
and welfare of persons with albinism and their family members in Africa. The Alliance
aims to be a professional regional entity, committed to building strong partnerships
with various organizations representing persons with albinism, particularly in Africa,
to ensure that the Regional Action Plan (2017-2021) and its replacement: the African
Union Plan of Action to End Attacks and other Human Rights Violations Targeting
Persons with Albinism (2021-2031) is implemented at the national level with concrete
measures, including through national action plans with multi-year budgets; and that
the positive effects of these measures concretely advance the enjoyment of human
rights by persons with albinism in the Africa region. The Alliance is currently in its pilot
phase (March 2021 – March 2023).
Contact:
info@actiononalbinism.org

Introduction:
The African Albinism Alliance appreciates the opportunity to provide the information
below to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (Special Rapporteur on Racism) to
inform her upcoming report on 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and
Programme of Action.
Despite experiencing racial discrimination on the basis of colour, persons with
albinism in Africa have not effectively benefited from the Durban Declaration and
Programme of Action and the accompanying legislative, policy, programmatic
frameworks at the country level that give effect to this declaration. Part of the reason
for this is the lack of recognition, understanding and consensus that the discrimination
experienced by persons with albinism on the basis of their colour is a manifestation of
racial discrimination. The African Albinism Alliance asks the Special Rapporteur to
provide guidance on the issue in her upcoming report. In addition, the organisation also

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