What is the CERD?
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, also known as CERD, is the body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State parties.
It was adopted in response to growing racial discrimination in the 1960s.
It consists of 18 independent experts elected by state parties that occur every four years, and elections for nine of the eighteen members are held every two years.
They submit reports detailing what steps they have taken to eliminate racial discrimination.
Millions of people suffer injustice every day because of their skin colour, nationality, or ethnic origin, but the anti-discrimination laws demand change.
This equality means your hard work and ethics are recognised and looked over from your background or the privileges you have.
Combating racism and racial discrimination is not easy, mainly because we can’t hold everyone’s tongue, but we can start somewhere.
The CERD aims to eliminate this by discouraging anything that strengthens racial division and encourages positive movements that aim to eliminate the barriers.
Any individual who claims to be victims of racial discrimination can file a complaint with CERD against their state.
If we look back at the, united declaration of human rights (UDHR) in article one, it precisely mentioned:
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
The reference to “ALL HUMANS” is essential to note. There is no segregation by colour or faith groups.