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The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) evaluates the Spanish Report in Geneva [editar]

25/02/2011

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Within the 78th Session of the CERD, between February 14th and March 11th at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, several country reports are being  examinated. During this week took place the Spanish assesment on the situation of discrimination based on racial or ethnic background.

The FSG presented with SOS Racism and CEAR a shadow report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recognizing the progress made in the field of social inclusion by the Roma population and the Spanish government's efforts to achieve it. This report also highlights those key areas that remain of concern in the fields of education, employment, housing, social image, among others. Other organizations that submitted reports to the Committee were Amnesty International, the Consejo Indio Exterior and the Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, all reports can be downloaded from the website of the CERD.

The CERD is an UN body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in the States. Periodically, these states are obliged to report to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented in each of the countries. The Committee examines and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party, in the form of "concluding observations" taking into consideration the reports submitted by the civil society organizations.

Within the session 78th of the CERD, last 23rd and 24th of February took place the official presentation by the Spanish government with a distinguished delegation headed by Ambassador Mr. Javier Garrigues and representatives from the Ministries of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Immigration, Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Ombudsman. 

Following the official presentation, the Committee's experts presented to the Spanish government questions on topics of special interest for the Roma population, highlighting the early drop out rates of Roma students in compulsory education and in particular of Roma girls as well as the existence of segregated schools, also the experts asked the government on the persistence of shanty towns, the lack of official data disaggregated by ethnicity and the negative social image of the community. 

After the closing of this session next 11th March, the Committee will send its recommendations to the Spanish Government.

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