Recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On the 2nd and 3rd of December 2019 the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination met to review Ireland’s progress on the implementation of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Committee heard from the Irish State as well civil society actors and organisations.

On the 13th December the Committee published their Concluding Remarks, which can be read here.

In section 34 of the Concluding Remarks, the Committee urges the Irish State to “expedite the adoption of the Traveller Culture and History in Education Bill 2018 to be in line with the Convention and relevant international human rights standards”.

Ahead of the CERD meetings, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission published a shadow report which you can read here.

In it they recommend the International Protection Act be be amended to define a family member in sufficiently broad terms to reflect the understanding of family as articulated in international human rights law. This could be achieved with the passing of Colette’s Familiy Reunification Bill, which is currently being blocked by money message in the Dáil.

The Commission also recommended the introduction of mandatory programmes on promoting understanding and combatting racism and on Traveller history and culture for inclusion in the school curriculum and initial and continuous teacher education programmes. Colette’s Traveller Culture and History in Education Bill, it its original form calls for the mandatory teaching of Traveller culture and history.