_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.
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 April 2019, 179 countries have ratified the Convention.
■ 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. IMADR has produced a “A Guide for Civil Society Actors” to provide useful information about the mechanisms of the ICERD/CERD and their effective use by civil society organizations, indigenous and minority rights defenders.
- Summary of CERD sessions
- ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors (2011) | English, Spanish, French
- Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up Information on the CERD recommendations (2016) | English, Spanish, Italian
■ Useful Links
- Contact us at geneva[@]imadr.org for inquiry.
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 Discriminated
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 the 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.
- ・Arbitrary detention in Okinawa, Japan (HRC42, 2019, OS)
- ・Enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka (HRC42, 2019, Joint-OS)
- ・High Commissioner’s oral update and Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka and migration (HRC42, 2019, OS)
- ・UN: CERD adopted concluding observations on the Czech Republic, El Salvador, Iceland, Mexico, Mongolia, Poland and the State of Palestine
- ・Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Minority Issues: Education, Language and Human Rights of Minorities (20-21 September, Bangkok)
- ・CERD 100th session: Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Ireland, Israel and Uzbekistan (November – December 2019)
- ・Racist hate speech against minority protesters in Hong Kong (HRC41, 2019, OS)
- ・Extractivism and indigenous people in West Papua, Indonesia (HRC41, 2019, Joint-OS)
- ・Joint Communiqué – 2019 CERD election set a milestone for gender parity
- ・TB-Net Statement: 31st Meeting of Chairpersons of Human Rights Treaty Bodies (2019)
- ・IMADR Comments on CERD Draft General Recommendation No. 36 on Preventing and Combating Racial Profiling
- ・HRC41 Side Event: #NoCasteLeftBehind – Dalit Women and Gender Justice (2:30 pm, 25 June)
- ・CERD 99th session: Czech Republic, El Salvador, Iceland, Mexico, Mongolia, Poland, State of Palestine (August 2019)
- ・Joint NGO call to end financial crisis at UN human rights mechanisms
- ・UN: CERD adopted concluding observations of Andorra, Guatemala, Hungary, Lithuania and Zambia
- ・Joint NGO submission on Treaty Body Strengthening to UN Secretary-General (2019)
- ・Combatting racial hatred in political campaign (HRC Intersessional Panel, 2019, OS)
- ・NGOs call for an inclusive review process on treaty body strengthening
- ・TB-Net: Summary Report – “TB-Net Event on Treaty Body Elections” (15 November 2018)
- ・Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up on the CERD recommendations