About the International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD)

With deep concern on the widespread discrimination, stigmatization, dehumanization and brutal killings of persons with albinism across the World and the need for more public awareness on the needs and challenges of persons with albinism globally, especially in Africa, the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 13, 2013, adopted the first resolution ever on albinism. Later on, in its resolution 26/10 of June 26, 2014 the Human Rights Council recommended June 13 to be proclaimed as International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) by the United Nations’ General Assembly. The UN’s General Assembly, then, adopted on December 18, 2014 resolution 69/170 to proclaim, with effect from 2015, June 13 as International Albinism Awareness Day. The chosen date is reminiscent of the UN’s first-ever resolution which was passed on June 13 a year before. Today, IAAD is celebrated around the world from Tanzania to Argentina, to Senegal, to Fiji, France, the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

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