The Committee requests the State party to reconsider its position so that the Convention can more readily be invoked in the domestic courts of the State party. Although the UK is a party to ICERD, it has not been fully incorporated into UK domestic law nor does a right of individual petition arise from any breach of their terms of ICERD by the UK. UK courts will consider UN Conventions including ICERD, but they are not bound by them unless there is a specific statutory requirement to do so. This does not exist in relation to ICERD.
Recommendations: The Government should ensure that the rights and obligations contained in ICERD are fully incorporated into UK law. The Government should introduce legislation requiring UK courts to consider provisions of ICERD whenever such provisions may be relevant to any question arising in any proceedings.