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racial discrimination

Definition(s)

Any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.

Source(s)

Art. 1(1) of UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Translations

  • BG: расова дискриминация
  • CS: rasová diskriminace
  • DE: rassistische Diskriminierung / Rassendiskriminierung
  • EL: φυλετική διάκριση
  • EN: racial discrimination
  • ES: discriminación racial
  • ET: rassiline diskrimineerimine
  • FI: rotusyrjintä
  • FR: discrimination raciale
  • GA: idirdhealú ciníoch
  • HU: faji diszkrimináció
  • IT: discriminazione razziale
  • LT: rasinė diskriminacija
  • LV: rasu diskriminācija
  • MT: Diskriminazzjoni razzjali
  • NL: rassendiscriminatie
  • PL: dyskryminacja rasowa
  • PT: discriminação racial
  • RO: discriminare rasială
  • SK: rasová diskriminácia
  • SL: rasna diskriminacija
  • SV: rasdiskriminering
  • NO: rasediskriminering

Broader Term(s)

  • discrimination

Related Term(s)

Note(s)

1. The Convention does not define 'race' but it does define 'racial discrimination'.
2. Distinctions made on the basis of citizenship (that is, between citizens and non-citizens) are specifically excluded from the definition, as are affirmative action policies and other measures taken to redress imbalances and promote equality.
3. Some institutions such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) use the term 'discrimination' with the same definition.