Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination
The International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD or more commonly, CERD) is a human rights treaty designed to protect individuals and groups from discrimination based on race, whether the discrimination is intentional, or is the result of seemingly neutral policies. The United States ratified CERD in 1994 and is therefore bound by all provisions of the treaty, which includes a periodic compliance review conducted by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (commonly known as the CERD Committee).
CERD is monitored by the CERD Committee (an independent body of experts) which reviews regular reports of States parties (governments) on how the treaty is being implemented. Governments must report initially one year after acceding to the Covenant and then whenever the Committee requests (usually every four years). The Committee meets in Geneva and New York and holds three sessions per year. The U.S. is due for its third review in 2013/2014.
The U.S Government has ratified this international treaty and USHRN is working to ensure that the U.S. Government meets its obligations under the treaty. Please click here to learn more about USHRN’s CERD work.