Civil Society Consultation on CERD

Have your say on the state of racism in Ireland

UN CERD Civil Society Alternative Report Consultation – Summer 2019

The Irish Government is presenting its State Report to CERD (Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) in Geneva on 2-3 December 2019. In response to this, ENAR Ireland is coordinating a Collective Civil Society Alternative Report through a process of consultation over the summer of 2019, for the CERD examination. 

You can find out more about the UN CERD consultation process here.

CERD THEMES FOR IRELAND

The list of themes for the CERD review of Ireland has been published today by the CERD Committee. (9/10/2019). This gives us an idea of the committees intended line of questioning for Ireland and will be useful to ENAR Ireland in framing our report and our representations in Geneva in December.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE STATE OF RACISM IN IRELAND


Consultation for the Alternative CERD Civil Society Collective Report for Ireland is now closed and we are moving to the report drafting stage.

CERD 2019 Civil Society Consultation: Emerging Themes

ENAR Ireland carried out Civil Society consultation during summer 2019 in relation to how well Ireland implements the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

On the basis of that consultation, we prepared Ireland Collective Civil Society Alternative Report – List of Themes submission, which sets out what Irish civil society views as key challenges in relation to Ireland’s implementation of the Convention. ENAR Ireland recommends that the Committee includes the listed matters in its List of Themes for Ireland during the December hearing in Geneva. This list of themes is also now available on the OHCHR/CERD website.

ENAR Ireland will file a full Collective Civil Society Alternative Report prior to Ireland’s review in December 2019.


Civil society voices its concerns to the CERD examination in Civil Society Alternative Reports (collective or by individual organisations). Collective reports usually have a stronger impact than individual ones.

To ensure that Civil Society Groups in Ireland contribute fully to the process ENAR Ireland is coordinating the Collective Civil Society Alternative Report in 2019 for submission to CERD  this autumn. To do this we are looking for input from Civil Society Groups and Organisations as well as other interested parties. We need evidence-based information from Civil Society to report to CERD about how well Ireland is meeting its obligations. See below how you, your group or organisation can get involved.

Let’s make sure Ireland meets its obligations – have your say!

We want to hear from you if your group or organisation: 

  • Wishes to point out the key problems of racial discrimination in Ireland;
  • Has any recommendations for the state to act on 
    (e.g. resources, policies, legislation or improvements); 
  • Has any evidence of racism, either institutional or individual 
    (e.g. reports, research, media links, photos, data etc.). 

GET INVOLVED WITH THE CERD CONSULTATION

Here is how you can contribute to the CERD Civil Society Consultation process:

Fill in our CERD Questionnaire by 5pm, Tuesday, 20th of August,  to share your observations, evidence and recommendations in relation to the state of racism in Ireland. 

Participate in one of our regional CERD Consultation Meetings happening in August across the country:

CERD Reporting Template

Fill in CERD Reporting Template if your group issues its own individual Alternative Report to CERD. As Collective Reports are stronger we would like to make sure that your observations are also included in our Collective Report. Send it to support@enarireland.org by 5pm, Monday, 2nd September

Join our CERD Consultation Mailing List to stay up to date with the CERD consultation process. To do so, please send an email with ‘CERD’ in the subject heading to support@enarireland.org.

Why the CERD examination process and your voice are so important:

  • The Convention has had a significant impact on national legislation. Many states have adopted policies and plans against racism outlawing hate crime and racial discrimination by the state, in the workplace, or in the provision of goods and services.
  • The CERD reporting system has prompted individual States to enact anti-racist legislation or amend existing laws.
INFOGRAPHIC: Reporting to CERD: How it works & why your voice matters (click to enlarge)

Who’s involved:

The Steering GroupArea of Expertise
Ayodele
Alao
Women’s rights, People of African Descent, Muslims’ rights, integration
Bridget
Winters
Travellers’ rights
Grace WilentzTreaty bodies, women’s rights, Anti-semitism
Laura
Pohjolainen
Civil society, Roma rights
Mdahyalya
Bassi
Youth, People of African Descent
Oein
de Bhairduin
LGBT Travellers and Roma rights
Rosaleen
McDonagh
Intersectionality, Travellers’ rights, women’s rights and disabled people’s rights
Ryma
Halfaoui
Youth and Muslim women’s rights
Saoirse BradyTreaty bodies
Shae
Flanagan
Community organising and anti-racism
Stavroula
Demetriades
EU institutions and treaty bodies
Stixy NyalusoDirect Provision and the asylum process
Valeria
Aquino
Brazilian community, Civil Society and hate crime
ConsultantsENAR Ireland Staff
Dr Lucy MichealShane O Curry
Rola Abu Zeid-O’NeillAga Wiesyk
 Adèle Floquet

We will be updating this page with upcoming CERD consultation events and information regularly, so watch this space. Follow the #CERD19 hashtag for CERD consultation news and updates.

USEFUL RESOURCES

UN CERD RESOURCES:

Other relevant documents: