GENEVA (13 May 2016) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 25 April to 13 May: Spain, Oman, Rwanda, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Namibia.
The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective State is implementing the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), highlight main matters of concern and make recommendations.
The reports, officially known as concluding observations, can be found here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1072&Lang=en
CERD’s next session will be from 2 August to 26 August when members are due to review Greece, Lebanon, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. More information here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1073&Lang=en
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The 18 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: http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cerd/pages/cerdindex.aspx
The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965. More information on the Convention’s 50th anniversary here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CERD/50/Pages/Icerd50.aspx
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