JCHR Press Notice 04-05 No. 17

Session 2004-05                                            24 March 2005

Forthcoming Publication

The Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The Joint Committee on Human Rights will be publishing its Fourteenth Report of Session 2004-05, Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as HL Paper 88/HC 471, on Thursday 31 March 2005, at 10.00 am.

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) sets standards for race equality and non-discrimination as part of the UN system for human rights protection. The United Kingdom, which is a party to CERD, regularly submits reports to the UN Committee which supervises it, detailing UK compliance with rights under the Convention. Following consideration of the latest UK report, in August 2003, the UN Committee issued its Concluding Observations, which set out the positive measures which the UN Committee considered had been taken to enhance race equality in the UK, and identified areas of concern for compliance with the Convention.  This Report considers the UK's implementation of CERD, in light of the Concluding Observations.