UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

The UK adopted CERD in 1969 and so committed to taking action on eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms. 

These include combating racial prejudice, eradicating racial hatred and incitement to hatred, and guaranteeing all civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights with no discrimination based on race, colour, nationality or ethnicity. CERD also places a duty on the government to identify and redress policies and practices which have a disproportionately negative impact on the rights of Black and minority ethnic children, for example, use of tasers by the police, over-representation in the criminal justice system, and to eliminate policies and actions that perpetuate discrimination and disadvantage.

In 2021, CRAE supported a report coordinated by The Runnymede Trust which assessed how well the UK is implementing CERD.