The Runnymede Trust is co-ordinating a shadow report assessing the Government’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on behalf of civil society organisations.
We are seeking evidence from civil society organisations, academics and institutions to shape our report. The shadow report is crucial to holding the Government to account for their legal obligations under CERD. The 2016 report benefited from wide engagement from organisations across England and made a significant impact in informing the work of the UN committee on eliminating racial discrimination.
The UK ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 1969. By ratifying CERD, the UK agrees to take action to eliminate racial discrimination in all its forms, including:
The implementation of CERD is monitored by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Around every five years, the Committee reviews how well each state is putting into practice the rights in CERD. Around this time, civil society organisations in the UK set out a shadow report that sets out how the Government has implemented CERD, and what measures need to be taken.
For more information on the different articles of the Convention please see page 2 of the publication produced collaboratively by the EHRC and Runnymede in 2016, here.
We welcome submissions which include one or more of the following:
We are looking for information in the areas of:
Submitting to this call for evidence is your chance to influence the civil society report and its recommendations for action. Submissions should be up to 2000 words, should be well-referenced and include links to evidence and reports that are cited. Please share your submissions as part of the google form below, or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We greatly appreciate your time and involvement in this work and wish to give full recognition to all organisations who have contributed evidence to inform the report. Written evidence we receive is made public on our website once the call for evidence has closed but please let us know if there is any part of your submission that is confidential which you do not want published.