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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
|The Steering Group||Area of Expertise|
|Women’s rights, People of African Descent, Muslims’ rights, integration|
|Grace Wilentz||Treaty bodies, women’s rights, Anti-semitism|
|Civil society, Roma rights|
|Youth, People of African Descent|
|LGBT Travellers and Roma rights|
|Intersectionality, Travellers’ rights, women’s rights and disabled people’s rights|
|Youth and Muslim women’s rights|
|Saoirse Brady||Treaty bodies|
|Community organising and anti-racism|
|EU institutions and treaty bodies|
|Stixy Nyaluso||Direct Provision and the asylum process|
|Brazilian community, Civil Society and hate crime|
|Consultants||ENAR Ireland Staff|
|Dr Lucy Micheal||Shane O Curry|
|Rola Abu Zeid-O’Neill||Aga Wiesyk|
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.
UN CERD RESOURCES:
- UN CERD Report on Ireland: Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (April 2011)
- Addendum by the Committee to the Concluding Observations: Addendum to Concluding observations on combined 3rd and 4th Report (2012)
- Irish Government’s Draft Report to the UN CERD: Ireland’s Combined 5th, 6th and 7th Periodic Report (December 2017)
- ENAR Ireland Submission in response to the Government’s draft UNCERD Report: Submission of ENAR Ireland (January 2018)
- ENAR Ireland’s Guide for Assisting Reporting Process under CERD
- Irish Government’s Report to the UN CERD: Combined fifth to ninth periodic reports submitted by Ireland under article 9 of the Convention (October 2018)
Other relevant documents:
- ENAR Ireland’s submission to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) (2018)
- ECRI (European Commission against Racism and Intolerance) 5th Report on Ireland (2019)
- ENAR Ireland’s Submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland (2018)
- The Future of Policing in Ireland Report (2018)
- ICCL report on “A Human Rights-based approch to Policing in Ireland”