UN CERD Civil Society Alternative Report Consultation
The Irish Government is presenting its State Report to CERD (Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) in Geneva on 2-3 December 2019. In response to this, INAR produced a Collective Civil Society Alternative Report based on a national Civil Society consultation over the summer of 2019.
UN CERD CONSULTATION PROCESS
Click below to find out more about the UN CERD consultation process.
CERD EXAMINATION OF IRELAND: UPDATES
INAR carried out Civil Society consultation during summer 2019 in relation to how well Ireland implements the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. See below for updates on the consultation process, the report and the CERD examination of Ireland.
INAR CERD Delegation: (R-L) Amel Yacef, Bianca Paun, Oein DeBhairduin, Nana Nubi, Abiola Muhammed, Drs Ebun Joseph, Liam Thornton, Lucy Michael.
- 1/11/2019: INAR published it’s report to CERD. Download it here. We are delighted to say that our Report to CERD is written and has been submitted to CERD. Many thanks to the 56 organisations and hundreds of individuals as well as researcher/ authors Dr Lucy Michael, Rola Abu-Zeid O’Neill and Dr Marta Kempny. You can read it in full here. Next steps are the examination of Ireland in front of CERD in December, see below for more on the process.
- 9/10/2019: The list of themes for the CERD review of Ireland is published by the CERD Committee. This gives us an idea of the committees intended line of questioning for Ireland and will be useful to INAR in framing our report and our representations in Geneva in December.
- 30/08/2019: On the basis of that consultation, we prepared Ireland Collective Civil Society Alternative Report – List of Themes submission, which sets out what Irish civil society views as key challenges in relation to Ireland’s implementation of the Convention. INAR recommends that the Committee includes the listed matters in its List of Themes for Ireland during the December hearing in Geneva. This list of themes is also now available on the OHCHR/CERD website.
Have your say on the state of racism in Ireland
Consultation for the Alternative CERD Civil Society Collective Report for Ireland is now closed
The importance of the CERD examination process:
- The Convention has had a significant impact on national legislation. Many states have adopted policies and plans against racism outlawing hate crime and racial discrimination by the state, in the workplace, or in the provision of goods and services.
- The CERD reporting system has prompted individual States to enact anti-racist legislation or amend existing laws.
Get involved with the CERD consultation
We want to hear from you if your organisation:
- Wishes to point out the key problems of racial discrimination in Ireland;
- Has any recommendations for the state to act on (e.g. resources, policies, legislation or improvements);
- Has any evidence of racism, either institutional or individual (e.g. reports, research, media links, photos, data etc.).
Fill in CERD Reporting Template if your group issues its own individual Alternative Report to CERD. As Collective Reports are stronger we would like to make sure that your observations are also included in our Collective Report. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, Monday, 2nd September.
UN CERD RESOURCES
- UN CERD Report on Ireland: Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (April 2011)
- Addendum by the Committee to the Concluding Observations: Addendum to Concluding observations on combined 3rd and 4th Report (2012)
- Irish Government’s Draft Report to the UN CERD: Ireland’s Combined 5th, 6th and 7th Periodic Report (December 2017)
- INAR Submission in response to the Government’s draft UNCERD Report: Submission of INAR (January 2018)
- Irish Government’s Report to the UN CERD: Combined fifth to ninth periodic reports submitted by Ireland under article 9 of the Convention (October 2018)
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
- INAR’s submission to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) (2018)
- ECRI (European Commission against Racism and Intolerance) 5th Report on Ireland (2019)
- INAR’s Submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland (2018)
- The Future of Policing in Ireland Report (2018)
- ICCL report on “A Human Rights-based approch to Policing in Ireland”
Steering committee: Who’s involved
|The Steering Group||Area of Expertise|
|Women’s rights, People of African Descent, Muslims’ rights, integration|
|Grace Wilentz||Treaty bodies, women’s rights, Anti-semitism|
|Civil society, Roma rights|
|Youth, People of African Descent|
|LGBT Travellers and Roma rights|
|Intersectionality, Travellers’ rights, women’s rights and disabled people’s rights|
|Youth and Muslim women’s rights|
|Saoirse Brady||Treaty bodies|
|Community organising and anti-racism|
|EU institutions and treaty bodies|
|Stixy Nyaluso||Direct Provision and the asylum process|
|Brazilian community, Civil Society and hate crime|
|Dr Lucy Micheal||Shane O Curry|
|Rola Abu Zeid-O’Neill||Aga Wiesyk|