The International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is the international human rights treaty which commits member States to eliminate racial discrimination and promotes the enjoyment of all rights amongst everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality.
ICERD was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1965 following and has was ratified by the UK in 1969.
The UK’s progress on implementing CERD was last reviewed by the Committee on the Elimination on Racial Discrimination in 2016. In their State Party report, the UK Government outlines steps it has taken since it’s last examination to progress the rights of minority ethnic communities.
The Committee published their Concluding Observations from the reporting cycle in 2016. Issues specifically related to children and young people that were highlighted included discriminatory counter-terrorism measures that the UK Government has implemented and the use of immigration detention with no statutory time limit.
The impact of counter-terrorism measures, particularly the Prevent Stratgey, on children and young people was also highlighted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in their 2016 Concluding Observations.