The following is a suggested template for NGO follow-up shadow reports to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD Committee) for U.S. review under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The U.S. combined seventh through ninth periodic report was reviewed by the UN in August 2014 and Committee recommendations (Concluding Observations) were issued on August 29, 2014. The recommendations outlined 3 issues: 1. (a) Investigate and Prosecute Excessive Use of Force 1. (b) Prevent Excessive Use of Force 2. Immigrants and 3. Guantanamo Bay, for the U.S. to provide updated information on implementation within one year (August 29, 2015). Based on the general UN follow-up procedures for concluding observations and the CERD documentation for follow-up, NGOs can submit alternative follow-up, or shadow reports to the UN once the US Government has submitted their report. These follow-up shadow reports should be concise and only focus on the 3 recommendations identified by the Committee as outlined in the follow-up procedure. This template is for all 3 issue areas for follow-up. NGOs should only report on those issues they work on and delete sections not relevant to their work. The UN will analyze, discuss, and adopt a follow-up progress report on the U.S. in a public CERD Committee session in Geneva (most likely in April/May 2016).
Deadline: Reports should be submitted by November 20, 2015*updated date [two months after the US government follow-up report submission to the UN].
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