_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.
- ・CERD 102nd session (online): Cuba, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro and the Republic of Korea (November 2020)
- ・Reprisals against indigenous human rights defenders (HRC45, 2020, OS)
- ・Truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence in Sri Lanka (HRC45, 2020, WS)
- ・Webinar on Racism in East Asia “The Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers” (29 September 2020)
- ・Transitional justice in Sri Lanka (HRC45, 2020, Joint-OS)
- ・Human rights to water and sanitation for Dalits in India (HRC45, 2020, OS)
- ・High Commissioner’s update on country situations and the UN financial crisis (HRC45, 2020, OS)
- ・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
- ・Racial discrimination and digital technologies (HRC44, 2020, Joint-OS)
- ・CERD 101st session (online): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Latvia, Mauritania, Mauritius, China, Honduras, Norway, Qatar and Saudi Arabia (August 2020)
- ・Racism in law enforcement and related human rights violations in the United States (HRC43, 2020, OS)
- ・COVID-19 pandemic, racism and discrimination (HRC43, 2020, OS)
- ・TB-Net Statement: Informal Meeting of Chairs of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies (2020)
- ・Joint NGO letter – UN treaty bodies must continue to monitor States’ compliance with their human rights obligations during the COVID-19 crisis
- ・COVID-19: Report incident of racism and discrimination
- ・TB-Net Statement: COVID-19 pandemic and UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies
- ・Video clip – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)
- ・Civil Society Proposals – Towards a strengthened UN treaty body system
- ・Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up on the CERD recommendations