The Racial Convention

Michael Banton

in International Action against Racial Discrimination

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280613
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598760 | DOI:
 The Racial Convention

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Like Plato's Republic, the ICERD is founded on a noble lie: that racial discrimination, as defined in its opening article, can be eliminated. Events leading up to the unanimous adoption of the Convention in 1965 are described. The preambular paragraphs represent racial discrimination as resembling a sickness; the operative paragraphs conceive of it as resembling a crime. Without the rhetoric promising elimination, the Convention would not have been adopted. Without the obligation upon all states parties to introduce legislation, the Convention would have had no practical effect.

Keywords: ICERD; legislation; obligations; racial discrimination; rhetoric; states

Chapter.  9319 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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