Call for evidence
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). We are currently issuing a call for evidence for our report.
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, 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 will be drafted by Runnymede, and will draw on responses to this present call for evidence, as well as consultation with NGOs across the country (through the organisation of meetings in Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Manchester). If you would like to attend one of the workshops please contact Sian.
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