Periodic report of the united states of america to the united nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination

Article 6 Remedies 204 – 209 Article 7

Download 0.51 Mb.
Size0.51 Mb.
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   ...   25
Article 6
Remedies 204 – 209

Article 7
Combating prejudice and promoting understanding and tolerance 210 – 216

Additional issues raised by the Committee 217

Annex A -- Acronym List



1. The Government of the United States of America welcomes the opportunity to report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (“Committee”) on measures giving effect to the undertakings of the United States under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), pursuant to article 9 thereof, and on related measures to address racial discrimination in the United States. This document, accompanied by the Common Core Document and Annex submitted on December 30, 2011, responds to the Committee’s request for the seventh, eighth, and ninth periodic reports of the United States.

2. The United States has always been a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society, and its pluralism is increasing. We have made great strides over the years in overcoming the legacies of slavery, racism, ethnic intolerance, and destructive laws, policies, and practices relating to members of racial and ethnic minorities. Indeed, fifty years ago, the idea of having a Black/African American President of the United States would not have seemed possible; today, it is a reality. We recognize, however, that the path toward racial equality has been uneven, racial and ethnic discrimination still persists, and much work remains to meet our goal of ensuring equality for all. Our nation’s Founders, who enshrined in our Constitution their ambition “to form a more perfect Union,” bequeathed to us not a static condition, but a perpetual aspiration and mission. This Report shares our progress in implementing our undertakings under the CERD and on related measures to address racial discrimination.

3. This Report and the accompanying Common Core Document and Annex that the United States submitted in 2011 were prepared by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) with extensive input and assistance from numerous departments and agencies of the federal government. In preparing the Report, we also solicited input from state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions and representatives of non-governmental organizations and public interest groups. Additionally, where possible throughout this Report we have endeavored to highlight and address examples of concerns raised by civil society regarding CERD implementation and initiatives that respond to those concerns. Our external consultation has taken many forms, including consultations related to United States participation in the Universal Periodic Review and other outreach efforts. Both as a result of external consultation as well as our own internal reviews, we recognize that more can and should be done in many areas to implement our CERD obligations and related commitments more effectively.

4. Collaboration among federal government departments and agencies on the drafting of U.S. treaty reports has also resulted in the recognition that more can be done to support better coordination throughout the United States on strengthening understanding and respect for human rights. To this end, numerous federal government departments and agencies are participating in a newly established mechanism known as the Equality Working Group. The Group was launched in March 2012 by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ/CRT) in partnership with the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DOS/DRL) to enhance the government’s domestic implementation of our international human rights obligations and commitments relating to non-discrimination and equal opportunity, with an initial focus on those commitments that relate to combating racial discrimination, including under the CERD.

5. The United States submitted its initial, second and third periodic reports as a single document to the Committee in September 2000, hereinafter “Initial U.S. Report” or “Initial Report,” and made its presentation to the Committee on August 3 and 6, 2001. The fourth, fifth, and sixth periodic reports of the United States were also submitted as one document in April 2007 (hereinafter the “2007 Report”); the United States made its presentation to the Committee in February 2008, the Committee issued its Concluding Observations in May of 2008, and the United States submitted a one-year follow-up report on January 13, 2009. This Report provides an update on progress since the submission of the prior reports. All these documents, and the Committee’s observations with regard to these reports, may be viewed at

6. In an effort to be responsive to the Committee’s reporting guidelines, CERD/C/2007/1, many subheadings in this Report track those guidelines. However, given recent reports containing related information, including the Common Core Document and Annex as well as the comprehensive report on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) submitted to the Human Rights Committee on December 30, 2011 (hereinafter “2011 U.S. ICCPR Report”), and given our desire to seek to respect the recommended 40-page limit, we have included cross references to other reports. Due to page constraints, some issues may not be addressed in the order or level of detail suggested in the Committee’s guidelines. In addition, there are cases where we may not agree with the legal or factual premises underlying a given request for information or where concluding observations do not bear directly on obligations under the Convention; nevertheless, in the interest of promoting dialogue and cooperation, we have provided requested information to the degree possible. The Committee’s Concluding Observations are addressed throughout the Report.

Directory: english -> bodies -> cerd -> docs
docs -> February 2008 Prepared by: The Center for Democratic Renewal hate groups mainstreaming of the Far Right
docs -> Domestic violence
docs -> Hurricane katrina: Racial Discrimination and Ethnic Cleansing in the United States in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
docs -> United States of America Apology Resolution United States Public Law 103-150 Congress Joint Resolution 19
docs -> U. S. Prisons a response to the Periodic Report of the United States of America April 2007
docs -> Rights of immigrants and migrants to the united states: a critical look at the u. S. And its compliance under the convention
docs -> United Nations cerd/C/ven/19-21
docs -> Review of the Periodic Report of the United States of America
docs -> Discrimination in the legal profession

Share with your friends:
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   ...   25

The database is protected by copyright © 2020
send message

    Main page