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Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Albinism
March 15, 2022

Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Persons with Albinism, Muluka-Anne Miti-Drummond

Statement as Delivered by Lucy Seyfarth

Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council – 49th Session

March 15, 2022

The United States wishes to commend the Independent Expert on the work accomplished since taking up her functions such as engagement with States and numerous stakeholders, including United Nations entities, regional organizations, civil society organizations, academics, medical practitioners, and persons with albinism from various regions.

We support the recommendations for addressing hate crimes and harmful practices targeting persons with albinism and urge Member States to criminalize attacks against persons with albinism as hate crimes, with appropriate sanctions.

We note that persons with albinism form a constituency of persons with disabilities and they experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.

The United States urges regional bodies and Member States to tackle hate crimes and harmful practices related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks, particularly within countries where known attacks and ritual killings have been reported.

Question: Have mandate holders committed resources to support the applicable recommendations in your report?