GENEVA (26 July 2017) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Geneva from 31 July to 25 August 2017 to review the following countries on these dates: Canada (14-15 August); Djibouti (9-10 August); Ecuador (8-9 August); Kuwait (2-3 August); New Zealand (15-16 August); Russian Federation (3-4 August); Tajikistan (10-11 August) and United Arab Emirates (7-8 August).
The above are among the 177 States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. They are required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent experts. CERD will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.
The public review of each State runs from 15:00 to 18:00 and then from 10:00 to 13:00 the following day. Live webcasts of the public sessions held at Palais Wilson in Geneva can be viewed on http://webtv.un.org/.
More information including the States’ submitted reports, lists of issues, and information from civil society can be found here.
The Committee will publish its findings, officially known as concluding observations, on 25 August here. A news conference to discuss the findings is scheduled for 12h30 on 24 August at Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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Members of CERD are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. More information on the Committee can be found here.
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