High Commissioner representative will report on combating racial discrimination in Russia to UN Committee

01 August 2017

On July 31, the 93rd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was opened at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, in which a representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation will participate.

During the event, Director of the Division of the Council and the Treaty Mechanisms of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Adam Abdemula said that many people face institutional and systemic forms of racism in areas such as access to justice, education, health, employment, or housing.

«Many people are the target of racist hate speech and hate crimes, whereas the community is now viewed more as a threat than as a force," said Adam Abdemula.

The UN representative also pointed out that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has recalled that although the ratification of a treaty is primarily a commitment to their people, many States do not respect their reporting obligations, adding that in this case, «a very large number of outstanding reports remain.»

At the current session, the Committee will consider the reports of Russia, Tajikistan, Canada and a number of other countries.

On August 3, the representative of the High Commissioner will report on the ensuring the rights of minor citizens of the Republic of Crimea, social and cultural adaptation and integration of migrant workers in the Russian Federation, raise issues of discrimination in sport, and touch upon other pressing issues.

The 178 States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination commit themselves to ending all forms of racial discrimination — defined by the Convention as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin.

CERD is an expert body of 18 people. The main task of the Committee is to monitor the observance of the Convention by the participating countries, including the fulfillment of respective obligations and recommendations.

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