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Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Monitoring racial equality and non-discrimination

[Image: Friends in Accro, Israel. UN Photo# 149179C]The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State parties.

All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after acceding to the Convention and then every two years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”.

In addition to the reporting procedure, the Convention establishes three other mechanisms through which the Committee performs its monitoring functions: the early-warning procedure, the examination of inter-state complaints and the examination of individual complaints.

The Committee meets in Geneva and normally holds two sessions per year consisting of three weeks each.

The Committee also publishes its interpretation of the content of human rights provisions, known as general recommendations (or general comments), on thematic issues and organizes thematic discussions.

For more information about the work of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, click here.


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New Publication

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Compilación de observaciones finales del Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial sobre países de América Latina y el Caribe (1970-2006)

A compilation of CRC concluding observations for Latin American and Caribbean countries in their original languages. Contains all of the concluding observations of the Committee from 1970 to 2006 relating to Spanish-speaking countries in Spanish, English-speaking countries (as well as Brazil) in English, and Francophone countries in French.

Published by OHCHR Regional Office, Santiago, Chile

To download a copy (2.37MB), click on the cover page

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Forthcoming Events

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Recent Developments and Events

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Results

Ratifications

The Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has 175 States parties. The following five States have signed but not ratified the Convention: Bhutan (26 March 1973), Grenada (17 December 1981), Nauru (12 November 2001), Palau (20 September 2011) and Sao Tome and Principe (6 September 2000). The following sixteen States have neither signed nor ratified the Convention: Angola, Brunei Darussalam, Cook Islands, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Myanmar, Niue, Samoa, Singapore, South Sudan, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

 

 

 

 

 


 
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