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Call for contributions: Draft General Recommendation n°37 on Racial discrimination in the enjoyment of the right to health

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06 November 2023


Submissions now online (See below)


In August 2022, during its 107th session, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (“the Committee”) held a thematic discussion with a view of elaborating a general recommendation on racial discrimination and the right to health under Article 5 (e)(iv) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“ICERD”). The event focused experiences shared by persons protected under ICERD, challenges and lessons learned and demonstrated the need to provide clarity and guidance on the obligations under the ICERD regarding the right to health.

Following the discussion, the Committee initiated the process of drafting the General Recommendation N° 37 on racial discrimination in the enjoyment of the right to health and adopted its first draft at its 109th session, from 11 to 28 April 2023.

The Committee wishes to invite all interested stakeholders to provide comments on this first draft (see link below).

All stakeholders, including States, United Nations and regional human rights mechanisms, United Nations entities and specialised agencies, national human rights institutions, civil society and grassroot organisations, research institutions, academia and other relevant stakeholders (i.e., health-related entities, practitioners or laboratories) are invited to submit their written comments to [email protected].

The current version of the draft General recommendation can be found here in English (original version), French and Spanish (informal translations).

Inputs Received

Inputs Received













State of Palestine



Australian Human Rights Commission

Comisión de Derechos Humanos de la Ciudad de México

Defensor del Pueblo - Spain

The Federal Public Defender's Office of Brazil

UN entities

Alena Douhan, UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights

International Labour Organization (ILO)


Action on Smoking and Health

AI for the People

AI, Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, HRI, IDPC, DPA , Release and CELS - A joint submission

American Psychological Association

Amnesty International

Association of Reintegration of Crimea

CEJDI, FI, AFSC, IMUMI, Racismo MX, CEJUDI - A Joint submission

Center for Family and Human Rights

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive

Centro de Apoyo y Protección de los derechos humanos SURKUNA

Childrens rights



Crisálida Biblioteca Popular de Género, Diversidad Afectivo Sexual y Derechos Humanos

Cultural Infusion

Danish Refugee Council

Educación contra el Racismo

Elizka Relief Foundation

First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba

FLIC, Community Justice Project, FHJP and Catalyst Miami -A join submission

Fundación Cepaim (Spain)

Fundación Cónclave Investigativo de las Ciencias Jurídicas Y Sociales

Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Human Rights Watch

IGLA World, Mulabi, Espacio Latinoamericano de Sexualidades y Derechos, Manodiversa, Diversa Patagonia, and Red Nacional de Refugiades y Migrantes LGBTIQ+

Inisiasi Masyarakat Adat (IMA)

Instituto da Mulher Negra e da Coalização Negra por Direitos

International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service

International Disability Alliance

Joint submission by SRI, NCWL, DRDNET, IDSN, AWID, HRI

Joint submission Center of Legal and Social Studies

Joint submission MOSCTHA

Maat for Peace

National Indigenous Disabled Woman Association Nepal (NIDWAN),

National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund

Office against discrimination, racism and intolerance - ODRI

Ontario Native Womens Association ONWA

Open Society Foundation

Physicians for Human Rights

Privacy International

Taiwan Mad Alliance (TMA)

Women with Disabilities Australia

World Organization of the Scout Movement


Habibi Sirleaf - A joint submission