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:

  • eradicating racial hatred and incitement to hatred
  • taking action to combat prejudices which lead to racial discrimination
  • guaranteeing the enjoyment of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights without discrimination on grounds of race, colour, or national or ethnic origin

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:

  • Information on the intersectional experience of race in the context of other factors  i.e. disability, gender, migration status, sexuality etc.
  • Information on what steps the Government have taken to implement the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination since 2016.
  • Information on what steps the Government have failed to take to implement CERD.
  • Specific recommendations of what action the Government should take to combat racial injustice in education, employment, the criminal justice system, healthcare, and housing. Examples of past recommendations can be found here.
  • Evidence of the impact of Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and Brexit on the rights of BME communities.
  • Recommendations for the Government to effectively enforce the public sector equality duty.
  • The impact of hostile environment and immigration policies on BME people’s rights.
  • References to new research and evidence on race, racism and racial inequality.

We are looking for information in the areas of:

  • Hate crime and discrimination
  • Criminal justice and access to justice
  • Political rights
  • Civil rights
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing

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: linsey@runnymedetrust.org.

Deadline: 6pm, Monday 8th March 2021

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.




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