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E-CONNECT No.38

We have issued E-CONNECT No.38 on 14 December, 2021.

Feature story

New! Child-friendly International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and its standards

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), IMADR and Child Rights Connect launched the child-friendly ICERD and its standards. Developed through consultations with children from various regions, the document is designed as a practical tool to promote awareness of the general public, especially children and youth, on the international human rights standards against racial discrimination including the State obligations. It is available in English, French and Spanish. More >>

CERD examined the situation of racial discrimination in Chile, Denmark, Singapore, Switzerland and Thailand

On 3rd December, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) concluded its 105th session. Among many actions taken during the session, the Committee adopted concluding observations on Chile, Denmark, Singapore, Switzerland and Thailand. It also sent letters to Australia, Kazakhstan and the United States of America under the Early Warning and Urgent Action procedure. IMADR compiled summaries of the country reviews and urgent letters. More >>

Role of civil society in conflict prevention and minority rights protection

At the 14th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, IMADR shared the initiatives at the international and national levels for minority rights protection in Sri Lanka. We encouraged the Special Rapporteur to explicitly recognize the role of civil society, particularly minorities themselves, in conflict prevention, as well as the need to prevent intimidation and reprisals, in his recommendations that will be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2022. More >>

IMADR in the world

New! TB-Net website and newsletter
TB-Net – NGO Network on UN Treaty Bodies, which IMADR is a founding member, launched the website. It provides useful information and resources for civil society across the world to engage with treaty bodies. You can also subscribe to TB-Net newsletters. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

UN expert calls for ‘inclusive society’ to end scourge of slavery in Sri Lanka
UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Tomoya Obokata, concluded the official visit to Sri Lanka on 3rd December. He shed light on links between labour exploitation and discrimination based on gender, age, ethnicity, caste, class and other grounds. He shared a concern on the situation of Malayaha Tamils in tea plantations. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD 106th session (April 2022)
In April 2022, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will consider the situation of racial discrimination in Bolivia, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg and the United States of America. More >>

Publication

Summary Report – Racism in East Asia (2021) 
The report is an outcome document of the 2021 series of webinars that examined the situation of racialized communities in Hong Kong, Japan and the Republic of Korea, with a focus on the area of refugee protection, education and the issue of hate speech. More >>

E-CONNECT No.37

We have issued E-CONNECT No.37 on 14 October, 2021.

Feature story

Regressing trends in accountability for enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka

At the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the  the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence presented his follow-up report on Sri Lanka. Together with Amnesty International and Forum Asia, IMADR raised alarm over a series of negative developments in accountability for enforced disappearances in the country, including the independence and function of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP). We called on the Special Rapporteur and the Human Rights Council to support the resolution adopted in this March that mandated the UN to gather and preserve evidence of human rights violations in Sri Lanka. More >>

Brazil must allow full access of UN expert to examine the state of racial discrimination

At the dialogue with  the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, IMADR delivered a joint statement with Minority Rights Group International and the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race & Equality) that shed light on racial discrimination against Afro-descendent, Afro-LGBTI, quilombola and indigenous peoples in Brazil. We urged Brazil to guarantee the Special Rapporteur unhindered access to information, places and stakeholders during her future country visit that has been postponed since November 2020. More >>

UN report on racial equality in the world and discrimination based on descent

The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee presented its report on racial equality in the world in September. IMADR supported the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) to participate in the dialogue with the Advisory Committee and to encourage them to incorporate international human rights standards against descent-based discrimination in its work. We also stressed that racial equality cannot be achieved without the full implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), and States must comply with their reporting obligations. More >>

IMADR in the world

Call for inputs: Work Plan of the UN Network on Racial Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
The United Nations Network on Racial Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, that brings together over 20 UN Departments, Agencies, Programmes and Funds, is accepting practical suggestions toward the development of its work plan for the period 2022-2023. Deadline for submissions is 20 October 2021. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Open appeal to UN Human Rights Council for robust action on Afghanistan
IMADR joined over 50 organisations to call for a Human Rights Council resolution to establish a Fact-Finding Mission or similar independent investigative mechanism on Afghanistan, after its failure to deliver a credible response to the country situation. In October, the Council decided to appoint a special rapporteur on Afganistan. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD to hold 105th session
Between November and December, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will consider the situation of racial discrimination in Chile, Denmark, Singapore, Switzerland and Thailand. They will also adopt lists of issues prior to reporting (LOIPRs) on San Marino and Trinidad and Tobago. More >>

Publication

Submissions: 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) 
In response to the call for inputs for her next General Assembly report on the 20th anniversary of the DDPA, IMADR made two submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume. The submissions focus on the States’ cooperation with the CERD and discrimination based on descent. More >>

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