General Recommendation No. 08: Identification with a particular racial or ethnic group (Art.1, par.1 & 4) : . 08/22/1990.
Gen. Rec. No. 08. (General Comments)

Convention Abbreviation: CERD
General Recommendation VIII


Identification with a particular racial or ethnic group (Art.1, par.1 & 4)

(Thirty-eighth session, 1990) *


The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,

Having considered reports from States parties concerning information about the ways in which individuals are identified as being members of a particular racial or ethnic groups or groups,

Is of the opinion that such identification shall, if no justification exists to the contrary, be based upon self-identification by the individual concerned.

* Contained in document A/45/18.


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