Netherlands faces review by UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

19044904The Netherlands’ record on tackling racial discrimination will face scrutiny by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on Tuesday 18 August and Wednesday 19 August

The Netherlands is one of the 177 States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent experts.

The meetings between the Committee and a delegation from the Dutch Government  will take place on from 15-18h on 18 August and from 10-13h on 19 August in Room VII at Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Among the possible issues to be raised: Reported prevalence of racist stereotypes, racist attitudes; racist resentment caused by the media and politicians;  negative image of people of African descent conveyed by ‘Zwarte Piet’ (Black Pete); situation of Roma; measures to address unemployment among young members of minority groups, racial discrimination by recruitment officers; funding for emergency shelters for homeless  migrants; administrative detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants.

More information, including the written report by the Netherlands, here.

The Committee will publish its concluding observations on the Netherlands and the other countries being reviewed – Colombia, Costa Rica, Niger, Suriname, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, and Norway on 28 August here.

2015 is the 50th anniversary of ICERD which is the longest established of the main international human rights treaties. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965.


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