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Reference:  A/60/100  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

 
 

 ö Item 69:  

 

Elimination of racism and radial discrimination

Date of consideration:  7-8 November 2005

Third Committee report (59th session):  A/59/501  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Documents:

A/C.3/60/4  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R] 

Letter dated 25 October 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

A/C.3/60/12  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R] 

Letter dated 14 November 2005 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

A/60/18  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Suppl. No. 18)

A/60/283  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

A/60/307  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Report of the Secretary-General on global efforts for the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

A/60/440-S/2005/658   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]   

A/60/440/Corr.1-S/2005/658/Corr.1   [A] only  

A/60/440/Corr.2-S/2005/658/Corr.2   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]   

Letter dated 17 October 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

Summary:

At its forty-eighth session, in 1993, following a recommendation by the World Conference on Human Rights, the General Assembly proclaimed the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1994-2004) (resolution 48/163).

(a)  Elimination of racism and racial discrimination

Status of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

At its twentieth session, in 1965, the General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (resolution 2106 A (XX)). The Convention entered into force on 4 January 1969.

As at 9 June 2005, 170 States had ratified or acceded to the Convention.

Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

In accordance with article 8 of the Convention, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination consists of 18 experts. Members of the Committee are elected for a term of four years and are eligible for re-election. At present, the Committee is composed of the following members:

Mr. Mahmoud Aboul-Nasr (Egypt),* Mr. Nourredine Amir (Algeria),* Mr. Alexei S. Avtonomov (Russian Federation),** Mr. Ralph F. Boyd Jr. (United States of America),** Mr. José Francisco Cali Tzay (Guatemala),** Ms. Fatimata Binta Victoire Dah (Burkina Faso),** Mr. Régis de Gouttes (France),* Mr. Kurt Herndl (Austria),* Ms. Patricia Nozipho January-Bardill (South Africa),** Mr. Morten Kjaerum (Denmark),* Mr. José A. Lindgren Alves (Brazil),* Mr. Raghavan Vasudevan Pillai (India),** Mr. Agha Shahi (Pakistan),* Mr. Linos Alexander Sicilianos (Greece),* Mr. Tang Chengyuan (China),** Mr. Patrick Thornberry (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland),* Mr. Luis Valencia Rodríguez (Ecuador)** and Mr. Mario Jorge Yutzis (Argentina).**

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  *  Term of office expires on 19 January 2006.

 **  Term of office expires on 19 January 2008.

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Under article 9 of the Convention, the Committee reports annually, through the Secretary-General, to the General Assembly on its activities and may make suggestions and recommendations based on the examination of reports and information received from States parties to the Convention.

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly decided to consider at its sixty-first session the reports of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on its sixty-sixth and sixty-seventh and its sixty-eighth and sixty-ninth sessions, the report of the Secretary-General on the financial situation of the Committee and the report of the Secretary-General on the status of the Convention (resolution 59/176).

Measures to be taken against political platforms and activities based on doctrines of superiority and violent nationalist ideologies which are based on racial discrimination or ethnic exclusiveness and xenophobia, including neo-Nazism

The General Assembly considered this question at its thirty-fifth to thirty-ninth sessions, forty-first, forty-third, fifty-fifth and fifty-sixth sessions (resolutions 35/200, 36/162, 37/179, 38/99, 39/114, 41/160, 43/150, 55/82 and 56/268).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly urged States to take all available measures in accordance with their obligations under international human rights instruments to combat political platforms and activities based on doctrines of superiority and violent nationalist ideologies which are based on racial discrimination or ethnic exclusiveness and xenophobia; and requested the Secretary-General to bring the resolution to the attention of the Member States and relevant human rights bodies and mechanisms of the United Nations system (resolution 59/175).

At the same session, the General Assembly requested the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance to submit an interim report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session (resolution 59/177, sect. IV).

(b)  Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

At its fifty-sixth session, the General Assembly endorsed the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted on 8 September 2001 by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (A/CONF.189/12); and requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in follow-up to the Conference, to report annually to the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights (resolution 56/266).

The General Assembly considered the question at its fifty-seventh and fifty-eighth sessions (resolutions 57/195, sect. III, and 58/160, sect. III, and decision 57/532).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly emphasized that the basic responsibility for effectively combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance lay with States; decided that the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Commission on Human Rights should constitute a three-tiered intergovernmental process for the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (resolution 59/177, sect. III); and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution to the Assembly at its sixtieth session (resolution 59/177, sect. V).

 

 

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