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Human Rights Convention, CERD – International Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Racial Discrimination

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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, in short CERD, was adopted as A/RES/2106A (XX) by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965 and entered into force three years later in January 1969. The purpose of the CERD consists firstly in the examination of the periodic state reports (Art. 9(1) CERD). Secondly it has the function to receive inter-state complaints in matters related to the principles and objectives of the convention and to examine petitions from the inhabitants of those territories. Above all, in the CERD meetings the conventional forms of racial discrimination come up for discussion; the debates deal with the successes and failures in implementing the convention by monitoring legislative and administrative measures in the member states.

Keywords: CERD; human rights convention; racial discrimination

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