UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

UN to assess racial discrimination in Ireland in 2019

In November 2019, the United Nations will assess Ireland’s progress in ending racial discrimination and make recommendations for action under the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

In parallel to the Irish government’s official CERD submission, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has a mandate to provide a separate independent report on how Ireland is meeting its international legal obligations to combat racial discrimination.

Throughout 2019, the Commission has held consultations with young people, civil society and others to inform our report to the UN Committee overseeing compliance with the CERD treaty, which Ireland ratified in 2000.

In July 2019, the Commission submitted a List of Themes to assist the UN CERD Committee plan its examination of Ireland on its Combined 5th to 9th Report to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The Commission’s final parallel report will be submitted to the UN in November.

Learn more about the Commission’s activities on CERD below.

Follow all the latest on Twitter with the hashtag #BeHeardonCERD

Youth consultation to inform IHREC independent report

We know that racial discrimination affects young people in particular ways. That’s why we have made youth perspectives, insights and recommendations a key part of our consultations for our independent report to the UN Committee.

On 30 March 2019, in association with the National Youth Council of Ireland, we held a youth consultation inviting young people – aged 16-24 – to tell us how the Irish government could create a more just and equal society that is free from racial discrimination.

Watch the video summary of the day-long event held in Dublin.


Civil society consultation at Green Street

On 27 May 2019, the Commission held a further consultation with civil society organisations, former chair of the UN CERD Committee Anastasia Crickley and other stakeholders.

See below for a collection of Tweets from the consultations, held at the Commission’s offices at Green Street, Dublin.


Next steps

During its 100th session in Geneva from 25 November – 13 December 2019, the UN CERD Committee will examine the Irish government’s record on racial discrimination.

The Commission will also attend the examination and engage with the Committee.

Ahead of this, in November 2019, the Commission will submit its independent report to the UN CERD Committee.

We will also host a live webcast of the UN CERD Committee’s examination of Ireland at our offices in Green Street, Dublin.



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