United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -- Report and Recommendations for the United States of America

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 19:00

ICERD: The International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination


 

The United Nations CERD Review of racial conditions in the United States of America took place on August 13 - 14, 2014. On August 29, the United Nations CERD Committee released its Concluding Observations, which include serious concerns and powerful recommendations.

The U.S. Government has ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD or more commonly, CERD) treaty and must report periodically on its record to uphold the human rights protected in this treaty. The U.S. Government submitted its report to the United Nations in June 2013 and went before the review committee in Geneva in August to answer questions about what the government is doing to address and dismantle racism in the U.S.

At the review, activists and advocates provided reports from the ground detailing what is actually happening on a daily basis to communities of color across the U.S. The CERD Committee has issued its report and recommendations regarding the continuing problem of racism in the U.S.  That report is available here.

Note: The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is available here

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Photo: Ferguson MO, Scott Olson, Business Week