New version of guidance on CERD available

Date: 8th December 2015
Category: Non-discrimination

An updated version of the guidance on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has been produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Runnymede Trust.


This year marks 50 years since the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1965. Soon after its adoption the UK Government signed ICERD, and formally ratified it in 1969. Since then, ICERD has been a benchmark for how the UK Government and devolved administrations should protect and promote human rights for all regardless of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

Updated guidance

The Commission and the Runnymede Trust first developed this publication ahead of the 2011 state examination of the UK Government. Four years on, in the lead up to the next examination, which will be in 2016, it has been updated. The primary changes have been made to ensure the information provided is up to date and enduring and that it is relevant each time the UK is examined. This second edition also clarifies and expands on some of the key concepts in ICERD and provides more illustrative content. This publication will provide civil society with the information it needs to work with governments to progress race equality in Britain in the years to come.