DescriptionDear Professor Clark
As you will know, the UK Government is a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and as such it has to report to the UN on the steps they have taken to meet the requirements of the convention on a periodic basis. CRER fed in to the last ICERD UK state examination in 2016 both through written consultation, and by giving oral evidence to the Committee in Geneva. You can find details of CRER’s written evidence here, and the Committee’s Concluding Observations here.
CERD have now appointed Ms Tendayi Achiume as a Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. This is only the second visit of the Special Rapporteur on Racism to the UK, with the first being made in 1995.
We have been liaising with the office of the Special Rapporteur in order to secure a meeting in Edinburgh as part of her UK State visit. Ms Achiume is interested to meet academics and researchers who have knowledge and expertise on race equality in Scotland as part of her visit, and as such CRER will be hosting an long hour session on 8th May, between 9am and 10am in Edinburgh. This will be an opportunity to showcase recent studies in Scotland, as well as highlighting the challenges that still remain.
We would be delighted if you could join us, and would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance as soon as possible. The venue is still to be confirmed, however this will be a central location in Edinburgh. A more detailed agenda and other papers will be circulated ahead of the meeting, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other queries or if we can help in any other way.
We look forward to hearing back from you, and to seeing you at the meeting.
|Period||8 May 2018|
|Event title||UN SR on racism / CRER meeting|
|Location||Edinburgh , United Kingdom|
|Degree of Recognition||International|