The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is the key international instrument in the fight against racism.
It essentially resolves to “adopt all necessary measures for speedily eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms and manifestations, and to prevent and combat racist doctrines and practices in order to promote understanding between races and to build an international community free from all forms of racial segregation and racial discrimination”.
This year, ICERD turns 50.
To mark this milestone, the United Nations has launched a special anniversary web-page about ICERD – to celebrate and promote “50 years of fighting racism”. The page features information about the Convention, as well as cards that can be downloaded, printed and sent out via email or post to show your support in the fight against racism. Check out the website here.
According to the UN:
“Over the past half century, ICERD has defended the rights of individuals and groups threatened by racial discrimination – let’s continue to fight together for a world free of racism!”