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We have issued E-CONNECT No.34 on 19 December, 2020.

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New UN expert guidelines on preventing and combating racial profiling

The General Recommendation No.36 on “Preventing and Combating Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement Officials” was recently adopted by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). It clarifies the human rights obligations under the Convention as well as a definition of racial profiling. The Committee paid a particular attention to racial bias and discrimination in algorithmic profiling, highlighting one of the major challenges posed by emerging technologies in the protection and promotion of human rights of racialised people. More >>

CERD continues to monitor the state of racial discrimination globally

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the CERD concluded its 102nd session on 24 November which was held online. At the session, the Committee issued follow-up letters to Cuba, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro and the Republic of Korea, the lists of issues prior to reporting on Guyana and Monaco, and letters to Canada, Panama, the Russian Federation, Thailand and the United States of America under the Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure. The Committee adopted a view on ‘Lars-Anders Ågren et al v. Sweden’. It found that Sweden violated the indigenous Sami people’s land rights and the right to an effective protection and remedy, in the context of the mining concessions on their traditional territory. IMADR published a summary of the session. More >>

Report “Racism in East Asia” exposes raclialisation of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Organising Committee for East Asia regional consultation published the report on “Racism in East Asia”. It is an outcome document of the online series which examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racialised communities, especially on migrants, in Hong Kong, Japan and the Republic of Korea, and the effectiveness of domestic law in the protection from racial discrimination. The Organising Committee is formed by civil society organisations from each country/territory for which IMADR functions as the secretariat. More >>

IMADR in the world

Joint statement on International Migrants Day: Stop the pandemic of racism in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic
On the International Migrants Day, human rights NGOs in Hong Kong, Japan and the Republic of Korea expressed unequivocal commitment to human rights of all migrants in East Asia and to progress toward a world free from racism and racial discrimination. More >>


IMADR and its concerns

Hate speech against minorities in social media and intersecting discrimination
At the 13th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, IMADR urged the Special Rapporteur to reflect minorities’ intersecting identities such as gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability in his recommendations to States and other stakeholders to tackle online hate speech effectively. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD holds 103rd session in April 2021
The Committee’s 103rd session will be held in April 2021. Considering the pandemic situation, the Committee decided to review two States parties in an online format, if in-person meetings remain not possible. More >>


Submission: Joint NGO report on racial discrimination in Japan 
For the consideration of the 7th periodic report of Japan by the UN Human Rights Committee (CCPR), the Japan NGO Network for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ERD Net) submitted a joint NGO report on the situation of indigenous peoples, minorities and migrants in the country. More >>


We have issued E-CONNECT No.33 on 22 October, 2020.

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Over 500 NGOs call for resumption of country monitoring by UN human rights treaty bodies

522 organisations from all regions joined the civil society letter to urge the Human Rights Treaty Bodies and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to schedule State reviews no later than 2021 and communicate clearly to civil society in advance about their up-coming work. The letter expresses concerns on the increasing backlog and protection gap due to the fact that the Treaty Bodies are not reviewing States. It considers that online or hybrid State reviews can be done on a temporary and exceptional basis in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was prepared by TB-Net, which IMADR is a founding member, together with Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights. More >>

UN Human Rights Council is urged to establish an accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence submitted a much-awaited report on Sri Lanka to the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council held in September. At the presentation of his reports, IMADR delivered a joint statement with international and regional human rights NGOs to highlight the series of regressive steps and signs of further backtracking on reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka, to call upon the Human Rights Council to establish an international accountability mechanism and to urge the Special Rapporteur to closely follow-up on the country situation. More >>

India must strengthen its fight against manual scavenging and protect Dalits

In response to the follow-up report on India by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, IMADR delivered a statement at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The statement, supported by the International Dalit Solidarity Network, highlights the remaining challenge to eradicate the practice of manual scavenging which Dalits, especially Dalit women, are disproportionately affected by. The statement points out that manual scavengers are dangerously exposed to COVID-19 by cleaning medical and virus-affected waste without any safety equipment. More >>

IMADR in the world

Webinar: “Racism and domestic law” in East Asia (27 October 2020)
The Organising Committee for East Asia regional consultation invites you to the 3rd webinar of the online series on Racism in East Asia – “Racism and domestic law” on 27 October 2020 at 16h00–17h30 (ROK/JPN)/ 15h00–16h30 (HK). More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Reprisals against indigenous human rights defenders
At the annual panel discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples of the UN Human Rights Council, IMADR raised concerns on reprisals against indigenous human rights defenders for cooperating with the UN human rights bodies as seen in the case of indigenous representatives from Russia who engaged with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2017. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD holds 102nd session online
UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will hold its 102nd session online in November. The Committee will consider the follow-up reports of Cuba, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro and the Republic of Korea, and adopt a list of issues prior to reporting (LOIPR) on Guyana, Monaco and Tunisia. More >>


Submission: Inputs on the prohibition of racial discrimination in immigration detention 
In response to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers’ call for comments on its draft General Comment No.5 on migrants’ rights to liberty and freedom from arbitrary detention, IMADR submitted inputs on the need to collect disaggregated data on the population of immigration detention facilities to combat racially discriminatory treatments of migrants. More >>

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