We have issued E-CONNECT No.21 on 15 December, 2016

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Global civil society joins hands with UN to end racial discrimination

CERD consultation with civil society_23Nov2016On 23rd November, civil society from all over the world, including indigenous and minority groups, met with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Civil society representatives shared their challenges in own country and region, and put ideas in order to improve the work of the CERD to achieve the goal of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. IMADR Under-Secretary General participated in the panel. More >>

Sri Lankan civil society demands no delay in accountability

Sri Lanka_Stop Abductions_(c) GroundviewsOn 3rd November, civil society activists and organisations in Sri Lanka sent a joint letter in expressing deeps concerns on the Government of Sri Lanka’s plans to indefinitely delay the establishment of the proposed accountability mechanism, despite the promises that the Government made to the international community by co-sponsoring the Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/30/L.29) in September 2015. Recently the UN Committee Against Torture concluded that more efforts should be done by the Government. More >>

NGO joint call on CERD to strengthen follow-up of recommendations

CERD85_(C) U.S. Mission-Geneva Eric BridiersTogether with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Race and Equality, IMADR submitted a joint response for the consultation of the CERD with civil society held on 23rd November. The joint paper examined different follow-up mechanisms of the existing treaty bodies on specific recommendations in order to identify areas where the CERD can further strengthen its cooperation with civil society to fight racial discrimination. More >>

IMADR in the world

Fist_(c) Christa LohmanEND OF YEAR APPEAL: Help us fight racism!                                                             Look how your support made it possible for us to take many action for the eradication of racial discrimination in 2016. We will continue and strengthen our fight against racism through human rights advocacy at the grass-roots and UN levels in 2017. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Special Rapporteur on minority issues-Rita Izsak_UN Photo-Jean Marc FerréUN expert urges Sri Lanka to establish an Independent Commission on Minorities   UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues concluded her mission to Sri Lanka on 20th October. In her end of the mission statement, she recommended the Government to establish an Independent Commission on Minorities under the Constitution. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD91CERD concluded 91st session                       On 9th December, the CERD concluded its 91st session. At the session, the Committee adopted concluding observations of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Togo, Turkmenistan and Uruguay. More >>



Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up Information on the CERD recommendations More >>