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CERD concluding observations 2016, paragraph 21

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

Ensure members of ethnic minorities can access fair and effective legal aid across the UK and in all overseas territories. Fully assess the impact the legal aid reforms have had on ethnic minorities.

Original UN recommendation

The Committee calls upon the State party to ensure that individuals belonging to ethnic minorities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as in its overseas territories and Crown dependencies, have fair and effective access to legal aid to seek justice. It recommends that the State party undertake a thorough assessment of the impact of the reforms to the legal aid system to ensure that individuals belonging to ethnic minorities are not affected disproportionately.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

5 (prohibition of racial discrimination; equal enjoyment of rights), 6 (remedies)

Last updated on 08/10/2019