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Call for submissions on concept paper for the CERD-CMW Joint General Comment/Recommendation on Obligations of State Parties on public policies for addressing and eradicating xenophobia and its impact on the rights of migrants, their families, and other non-citizens affected by racial discrimination

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Treaty bodies


31 March 2024

Purpose: To provide guidance to the CERD and CMW Committees for the development of their joint general comment by receiving contributions from all stakeholders, including States, United Nations and regional human rights mechanisms, United Nations entities and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions, civil society and grassroot organizations, research institutions, academia and other relevant stakeholders


The UN Committee Against Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the UN Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families (CMW), have been gradually witnessing the negative impact of xenophobia on the rights of migrants and their families, as well as on the societies in general. Through their review of periodic reports submitted by States parties of the respective Convention their mandates is based on, as well as from the information received from all other key stakeholders, both Committees are extremely aware, and concerned, about this major global challenge: the influence of xenophobia on policies and practices that leads to the opposite direction of what the international community committed by the adoption of the Universal Declaration and all the treaties that are at the core of International Human Rights Law.

Therefore, the Committees agreed to develop a Joint General Comment/Recommendation on State Parties Obligations on Public Policies for Addressing and Eradicating Xenophobia and its impact on the rights of migrants, their families, and other non-citizens affected by racial discrimination.

The submissions received will be taken into account as key inputs for the elaboration of the first Draft of this Joint General Comment/Recommendation.


Unless requested otherwise, the written submissions received may be made publicly available.

Next Steps

Input should be sent by e-mail. They must be received by 31 March 2024.

Email address:
[email protected]

Email subject line:
CERD CMW Joint General Comment/Recommendation - Submissions

Word limit:
2500 words

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Accepted languages:
English, Spanish, French