_Racism and UN
IMADR works to strengthen the international human rights protection mechanisms and promotes their effective use by those whose human rights are violated. IMADR works to link grassroots minority and indigenous groups with the UN human rights mechanisms. In particular, we focus on the two human rights bodies below.
IMADR places special emphasis on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) adopted by the General Assembly in 1965. It is a legally binding international instrument that comprehensively addresses racism and racial discrimination. As of November 2013, 176 countries have ratified the Convention. Click here for more information about the ICERD and CERD.
■ Monitoring and Lobbying
IMADR works towards the effective implementation of the ICERD. IMADR monitors sessions of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) regularly, and assists civil society organizations in their lobbying activities. IMADR also utilizes other mechanisms available from the CERD in addressing racism issues. Click here for more information about the mechanisms of the ICERD/CERD and their effective use by civil society organizations.
Human Rights Council
■ Monitoring the HRC sessions
The Human Rights Council (HRC), consisting of 47 UN Member States, meets at least three times a year in Geneva and addresses a wide range of human rights issues in all parts of the world. IMADR monitors these sessions and, where relevant, distributes information about them. Visit the HRC website
■ Speaking for the Minorities
As a substantial part of our advocacy work, IMADR presents written and oral statements to the HRC while holding side events on specific issues during HRC sessions, for the purpose of calling the HRC’s attention to human rights situations that IMADR is working on and urging it to take appropriate actions.
- ・Interlinkage between caste and slavery was highlighted at the UN Human Rights Council
- ・Protection of civilians from Boko Haram atrocities (HRC29, 2015, Joint-OS)
- ・Tackling racist hate speech and ICERD (HRC29, 2015, OS)
- ・[August 2015] CERD will discuss racial discrimination in Colombia, Costa Rica, Niger, Suriname, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Norway and Netherlands
- ・CERD adopted concluding observations of France, Guatemala, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sudan, Germany and Denmark (15 May 2015)
- ・IMADR Activities at the 28th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council (2nd – 27th March 2015)
- ・Atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria (Special HRC23, 2015, OS)
- ・Human rights defenders shared experience in Burma and Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (19 March 2015)
- ・“Freedom of Religion in Sri Lanka”, UN Human Rights Council side event addressed unresolved questions in the island (12 March 2015)
- ・Recognition of past tragedies of minorities: Sinti and Roma, ethnic Koreans in Japan (HRC28, 2015, OS)
- ・Hate speech against minorities (HRC28, 2015, OS)
- ・Human Rights Defenders in Bangladesh and Accountability in Sri Lanka (HRC 28th, 2015, OS)
- ・Freedom of religion in Sri Lanka (HRC 28th, 2015, Joint-OS)
- ・Human Rights Defenders in Bangladesh (HRC 28th, 2015, OS)
- ・Civil society perspective on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the ICERD
- ・Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’Amite entre les Peuples (MRAP)
- ・Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)