New York, 31 August 2022 (TDI): Today the world celebrates the legacy and achievements of people of African descent known as the International Day for People of African Descent (IDPAD).

The International Day for People of African Descent offers a chance to examine the real-life circumstances of people of African descent all over the world, to advance & defend their rights, and draw attention to the difficulties many still have in exercising their rights.

International Day for People of African Descent Celebrations

On the occasion, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights declared that “A day of commemoration of the enslavement and trafficking of millions of Africans as one of the darkest chapters in our human history.

Today is a day to acknowledge the deep-seated systematic racism, colonialism, and enslavement legacies that are still apparent today”.

Adding to that, it is pertinent to note that days celebrated around the world reflect societal ideals. All people have the ability to positively impact the growth and quite well of their societies and are set free and equal in their rights and dignity.

Moreover, it is necessary to reject all racial superiority doctrines. Similarly, any theories that prove the existence of distinct human races, are morally repugnant, socially unjust, and harmful are also important to be dealt with.

Along these lines, the continued use of disproportionate force and violent tactics by law enforcement against Africans and persons of African heritage is condemned by the UN.

Also, structural racism in the world’s criminal justice systems is fiercely condemned by the United Nations. Furthermore, the Organization also recognizes the Transatlantic Slave Trade as one of the most horrific periods in human history.

It also promotes the equality and human dignity of those who have been affected by slavery, the slave trade, and colonialism, particularly those who are of African origin and live abroad.

International Day for People of African Descent: An Overview

The International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) reached its midpoint in 2020. People of African origin continue to experience intersectional and amplified types of discrimination.

Likewise, they still experience marginalization, and exclusion, despite considerable progress being made at the institutional, legal, and policy levels.

Aside from that, the COVID-19 epidemic highlighted the pressing need to address systemic racism in health as well as enduring structural disparities.

Additionally, one of the biggest obstacles preventing persons of African heritage from fully and effectively exercising their human rights continues to be a lack of acknowledgment.

Notably, the manner these problems are handled on a global as well as national scale changed in the year 2020 as well.