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Civil society perspective on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the ICERD

Date : 2015.03.04

IMADR joined a panel of experts at the side event on Celebration the 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)” (2 March, Room XXIV, Palains des Nation) hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia.

The side event was opened by H.E. Mr. Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium and H. E. Mr. Bogdan Benko, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, followed by the panel.

The panel was composed of four speakers:

  • Ms. Fatima Binta Victoire Dah, former Chair and member of the CERD (Burkina Faso)
  • Ms. Anastasia Crickley, Vice-Chair of the CERD (Ireland)
  • Mr. Ibrahim Salama, Director of Human Rights Treaties Division, OHCHR
  • Mr. Taisuke Komatsu, UN Advocacy Coordinator, IMADR (presentation summary)


IMADR contributed to the panel discussion through civil society perspectives on the ICERD and its monitoring mechanism of the Committee. It included a role of civil society in implementation of the Convention and the monitoring mechanism, challenges of civil society in those processes, required States’ and the UN’s measures to ensure better participation of civil society. IMADR also introduced impacts of the webcast, and good practices of civil society in implementation of recommendations of the CERD in the US, Peru and Japan.

Summary of the presentation can be download from herepdficon_small


(c) U.S. Mission Geneva Photo Eric BridiersCivil society consultation with the US delegation for consideration of State party report by the CERD, August 2014/  (c) U.S. Mission Geneva Photo Eric Bridiers (


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