Ad Hoc Committee on Complementary Standards, 2nd session
Friday, 16 October 2009 00:53


From 19 to 30 October 2009 the second session of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards will be held in Geneva. The Ad Hoc Committee was created by the Human Rights Council in 2006 and is mandated ‘to elaborate (..) complementary standards in the form of either a convention or additional protocol(s) to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, filling the existing gaps in the Convention, and also providing new normative standards aimed at combating all forms of contemporary racism, including incitement to racial and religious hatred' (Council Resolution 6/21).


Generally, views of States on the format, the content and the necessityof complementary standards differ widely. Some States continue to arguethat the existing international legal framework is sufficient and themain issue is a lack of implementation of the existing standards.Others favour the creation of a new convention or the adoption of anadditional protocol. Disagreement also prevails regarding the issuesthat should be addressed in the new standards.The second session is expected to discuss specific proposals on theformat and the nature of complementary standards. Views will beexchanged on numerous issues including the monitoring procedures of theCommittee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,national monitoring mechanisms, racial profiling, discrimination basedon religious belief, and human rights education. The full list ofissues can be found in the programme of work .


For more information on the States' views on the format and the issuesthat should be addressed by the complementary standards please consultthe report of the Chairperson Rapporteur of the Ad Hoc Committee forthe session (A/HRC/AC.1/2/2 ).

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