Journal Article

Combating Racial Discrimination: The Effectiveness of an International Legal Regime

Kwong‐leung Tang

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 33, issue 1, pages 17-29
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Combating Racial Discrimination: The Effectiveness of an International Legal Regime

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The use of an international legal regime as an avenue of redress for racial discrimination has a long history. The introduction of an International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1965 signalled the world's commitment to end racial discrimination. This article reviews the individual communications procedure under the Convention and analyses a few successful cases of complaint against racial discrimination. It argues that this mechanism provides a potent avenue of redress for racial discrimination. Social workers have much to offer in helping their clients to bring their cases to the international arena. In concert with NGOs and legal professionals, they could work to ensure that racial discrimination is tackled on both the domestic and international stages. Linking the global and local levels of intervention against racial discrimination should become the practice of every social worker, whatever their country or field of expertise.

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