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September 1, 2016

The United Kingdom has been a signatory to the International Convention of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) since 1966, submitting its first report to the Committee in 1970. Since then, every four to five years the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination asks the UK state to submit a report outlining the steps taken to implement the treaty into domestic legislation and policy making.

The Committee, made up of 18 independent experts, then examines t...

May 19, 2016

This August, CRER will be reporting to the United Nations that, despite 41 years of commitment, BME people continue to face barriers in employment, political participation and accessing services such as health care . This discrimination is not inevitable, and with your support we can demonstrate to the UN how racial equality can be achieved in Scotland.

On 21st December 1965 the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was adopt...

March 20, 2014

"I call on all people, especially political, civic and religious leaders, to strongly condemn messages and ideas based on racism, racial superiority or hatred as well as those that incite racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the 21st March to commemorate the day in 1960 where police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peace...

March 5, 2014

Each year on the 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. As UN Women explains, “International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change”. When I think of...

March 19, 2013

The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights will mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with an inaugural symposium which seeks to challenge the cosy consensus that Scotland has tackled racism more effectively than other parts of the UK. ‘Race Equality in Scotland – the next 10 years’ will provide a platform for experts in the field of anti-racist work. The three speakers at this initial event are: 

  • Professor Kay Hampton, Professor in C...

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