Domestic Implementation (CERD Shadow Report, 2008)

As reflected in the accompanying alternative reports submitted by U.S. civil society, the United States has failed to take adequate measures, consistent with CERD article 2, to ensure that the provisions of CERD have domestic legal effect in the internal jurisdiction. This report analyses that failure along five key lines, each summarized below. Each of these, it is concluded, can be traced to the lack of any comprehensive human rights coordination in the United States, and the lack of a body or bodies at both the national and state levels with powers to monitor treaty implementation, issue recommendations to a range of authorities, collect and assess statistics, hold thematic hearings, and undertake promotional and educational initiatives throughout the nation.