_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, 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.
- ・Video clip – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)
- ・Civil society and human rights of people of African descent (HRC43, 2020, Joint-OS)
- ・Civil society participation in regional forums on minority issues (HRC43, 2020, OS)
- ・Accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (HRC43, 2020, Joint-OS)
- ・HRC43 Side Event: Sri Lanka: A failure of justice (28 February)
- ・Japan: Joint NGO report to CEDAW on multiple forms of discrimination
- ・[POSTPONED] CERD 101st session: Denmark, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland (April – May 2020)
- ・UN: CERD adopted concluding observations on Cambodia, Colombia, Ireland, Israel and Uzbekistan
- ・Human rights and minority language education in the Asia Pacific region (FMI12, 2019, OS)
- ・Joint Statement – As the UN anti-racism committee starts its 100th session, NGOs celebrate achievements and stress enormous challenges ahead
- ・IMADR submission to UN Special Rapporteur on racism – Role of bots in racist hate speech
- ・Civil Society Proposals – Towards a strengthened UN treaty body system
- ・IMADR Inputs to Human Rights Council Advisory Committee’s study on the total elimination of racism
- ・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)
- ・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
- ・Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up on the CERD recommendations