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International Action against Racial Discrimination

Michael Banton


The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was, in 1969, the first of the UN human rights treaties to come into force. Many of the 143 states that by 1995 had become parties to it did not initially appreciate how extensive were the obligations they had assumed. They undertook to submit periodic reports; these have to be examined by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which in turn reports to the UN General Assembly. During the years 1970–1995, CERD has greatly improved international oversight of governmental actio ... More

Keywords: CERD, human rights, ICERD, race, racial discrimination, UN General Assembly, United Nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198280613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198280610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Banton, author
University of Bristol
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