Building off the successful efforts of the USHRN in organizing the 2008 National CERD Shadow Report, the USHRN's CERD Task Force will be coordinating the upcoming 2012-2013 Shadow Report.
The CERD committee will be reviewing the efforts made by the U.S. to implement the concluding observations from 2008 and CERD implementation in
general. The National Shadow Report is an important way for civil society to highlight issues of discrimination in localities and engage in a national discussion about best practices and government accountability.
The Shadow Reporting process provides a concrete way for organizations and racial justice advocates to ensure greater compliance with CERD and human rights standards.
The Purpose (Mission)
- To engage civil society in the Universal Periodic Review Process
- To ensure that the U.S. meets its obligation regarding to ICERD
Objectives for 2012-2013
- Ensure the participation of grassroots organizations and racial justice advocates
- Ensure civil society input in the questions and themes posed to the U.S.
- Push for the United States to implement a National Action Plan on Racial Discrimination
Why your organization should participate
- International recognition for your local organization and its issues
- Increased media attention: Send a press release out letting your local media know that you have just submitted your report
- U.S. will possibly submit State Report to Committee in November 2012
- Committee will set date of review during 81st Session (Aug.-Sept. 2013)
- CERD Shadow report submitted in Spring of 2013