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Seizing the Initiative

Michael Banton

in International Action against Racial Discrimination

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280613
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598760 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280610.003.0008
 Seizing the Initiative

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With the election of new members in 1988 and with changes in external circumstances, CERD was able to take positive steps to improve its working methods and to agree that it would issue ‘concluding observations’ expressing a collective view. It introduced procedures for reviewing the implementation of the Convention in states that had not submitted reports and for taking urgent action in emergencies. Its procedure for issuing opinions on communications (or petitions) from individuals came into effect. Figures are provided on the use of CERD's time.

Keywords: CERD; concluding observations; emergencies; ICERD; individual communications; information sources; racism; reporting regime; treaty bodies

Chapter.  13324 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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