NGO coalition report for Australia’s review by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

November 24, 2017

Next week in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will assess Australia’s compliance with the CERD.

The NGO coalition report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee) examines Australia’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The report is intended to inform the Committee’s review of Australia during its 94th session this Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. It has been prepared with substantial input by 26 individuals and non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia and endorsed by and 53 NGOs, including Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR)

ALHR commends the work of the coalition members some of whom will brief the Committee in Geneva and present the report prior to Australia being reviewed.

Sadly, the report documents Australia’s backward slide in the treatment of ethnic minority communities, refugees, people who seek asylum and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Read the full report here

Read the Human Rights Law Centre press release here

Australia will be reviewed by the Committee next Monday afternoon, and Tuesday morning (Geneva time).

If you’d like to watch the livestream, you can find it here