The Special Rapporteur on Racism is charged by the Commission on HumanRights to monitor and report on racism, racial discrimination andxenophobia. To carry out this duty, the Special Rapporteur worksclosely in close consultation with governments, non-governmentalorganizations and relevant organization in the U.N. system. TheSpecial Rapporteur submits annual reports on the activities ofcountries and can conduct country visits. The United States was lastvisited in Oct 1994. The current Special Rapporteur, Doudou Diene(Senegal) is welcomed a meeting with US NGOs in preparation for hisvisit to the US for 2008.Pictured here: (l to r) Special Rapporteur, Doudou Diene(Senegal);Roksana Mun, Desis Rising Up and Moving Youth Power! (NY); AleyammaMathew WILD for Human Rights (San Francisco).
U.S. Women of Color Demand Our Human RightsRepresentatives from U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project, WILD for Human Rights and Justice Now, will travel to Geneva, Switzerland on February 21 and 22 to monitor the proceedings of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) as the U.S. State Department and the Department of Justice defend the Bush Administration’s human rights record. The CERD committee will examine U.S. compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). As an international treaty ratified by the U.S., the ICERD has the force of law in the United States.