CERD concluding observations 2016, paragraph 14

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: Ensure governments across the UK and all overseas territories routinely collect and publish data disaggregated by ethnicity in relation to all areas of life. The data should be included in the UK’s next State Report to the CERD committee. Government should also: (a) Review the impact of existing policies and programmes aimed at promoting integration, ensuring they do not indirectly discriminate. (b) Consider adopting and funding a detailed action plan with measurable targets and monitoring mechanisms to address the inequalities affecting certain ethnic groups. The action plan should include temporary special measures to ensure people from certain ethnic minority groups can fully enjoy their rights, in line with UN advice on temporary special measures in relation to CERD.

Original UN recommendation

Given the importance of collecting accurate and updated disaggregated data to develop effective policies to combat racial discrimination and to monitor the impact of measures taken, the Committee recommends that the State party ensure that the governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the British overseas territories and the Crown dependencies systematically collect and publish disaggregated data on the enjoyment of rights by members of ethnic minorities in all fields of life, and that it include such information in its next periodic report. The Committee also recommends that the State party: (a) Carefully review the impact of existing policies and programmes aimed at promoting integration so as to ensure that they do not constitute indirect discrimination. (b) Consider adopting a detailed action plan that has concrete targets, monitoring mechanisms and sufficient resources, and that includes temporary special measures, to secure the adequate advancement of certain ethnic groups to ensure that persons belonging to such groups are able to enjoy their rights on an equal footing, taking into account the Committee’s general recommendation No. 32 (2009) on the meaning and scope of special measures in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

2 (general obligations)

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