_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 March 2020, 182 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, French, Spanish, Italian
- Guidelines to address allegations of reprisals and acts of intimidation against individuals and organizations cooperating with the Committee
■ 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.
- ・Police violence against the Afro-Brazilians (HRC46, 2021, Joint-OS)
- ・Hate speech against minorities in social media (HRC46, 2021, OS)
- ・CERD 103rd session: Belgium (April 2021)
- ・Joint NGO response to the report on the state of the UN human rights treaty body system
- ・Summary Report – Racism in East Asia (2020)
- ・UN: Summary of the CERD 102nd session
- ・UN: CERD adopts follow-up letters to Cuba, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro and the Republic of Korea
- ・Intersectional approach to hate speech against minorities in social media (FMI13, 2020, OS)
- ・Statement: 102nd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- ・Japan: Joint NGO report to UN Human Rights Committee on the state of racial discrimination
- ・UN: CERD adopts follow-up letters to Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Honduras, Japan, Latvia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Norway, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
- ・UN: CERD adopted urgent actions and follow-up letters at the first online session
- ・Joint civil society letter for treaty body reviews in the COVID-19 context
- ・CERD 102nd session (online): Cuba, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro and the Republic of Korea (November 2020)
- ・TB-Net Statements: Informal consultation on the state of the UN human rights treaty body system
- ・Joint civil society submissions – Co-facilitation process on treaty body review 2020
- ・Joint Statement: 101st session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- ・TB-Net Statement: Informal Meeting of Chairs of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies (2020)
- ・COVID-19: Report incident of racism and discrimination
- ・Video clip – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)
- ・Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up on the CERD recommendations