Tell the World: (CERD)

Call for signatures

Runnymede is coordinating the input of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the UK government's examination by CERD, the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The report covers Great Britain and we are currently issuing a call for signatures.

To add your NGO's name to the list of signatories please email Sian . In order to sign you must be able to confirm your job title, organisation name and that you are authorised to sign this report on behalf of your NGO.

CERD is the United Nations body that monitors compliance by UN countries to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The UK submitted its report in March 2015 and the Committee is scheduled to examine it in August 2016. At this hearing, the UK Government will be asked a series of questions by the Committee after which it will make concluding observations to the government and the latter will be expected to address these in its race equality policies until the next submission five years later.

We plan to use the opportunity of CERD's examination of the UK report to produce a shadow report for Great Britain, providing an overview of the situation of race equality in the UK, from the perspective of civil society. The CERD Committee welcomes Shadow Reports from civil society, particularly reports prepared by a coalition of organisations, which are often more convincing and make a greater impact.

The shadow report for 2016 has been drafted by Runnymede, drawing on responses to the call for evidence, as well as consultation with NGOs across the country (through the organisation of meetings in Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Manchester).

You can read a draft copy of the report. This is a draft and therefore permission is not given for the printing, sharing or copying of this report other than the individual downloading and signing on behalf of an NGO. Please note we are not accepting revisions to the report, calls for evidence closed in February 2016 having been issued from September 2015.

For more information on the different articles of the convention please see page 2 of the publication produced collaboratively by EHRC and Runnymede From local voices to global audience: Engaging with the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

2011 CERD Shadow Report

A joint civil society response was prepared for the last examination in 2011 by Runnymede. The government's commitment to race equality came under scrutiny by the Committee who examined what actions the government was undertaking to challenge racism and promote race equality.

Having held a series of consultation meetings across the UK, we worked collaboratively with a group of other UK based race equality organisations and submitted a report to the Committee on the state of race equality in the UK. We went to Geneva to present this report to make sure the UN focussed on the most pressing issues during the Government's examination, which took place on 23 and 24 August 2011.

On Friday 2 September, the UN published its recommendations on the action the UK government should take to promote race equality. Click here to read the recommendations.

Read Runnymede's press release in response to the recommendations here

Read the report submitted to CERD in July 2011 by the UK NGOs Against Racism, the group of organisations who contributed to this project.

Read our press release calling for government action on race equality.

Read more about how the CERD process works