57. At its 1189th meeting, held on 5 March 1997 (see CERD/C/SR.1189), the Committee reviewed the implementation of the Convention by the Bahamas based upon its previous report (CERD/C/88/Add.2) and its consideration by the Committee (see CERD/C/SR.610 and 926). The Committee noted with regret that no report had been submitted to the Committee since 1982, and that the report of the Bahamas was not completely satisfactory to the Committee at that time.
58. The Committee regretted that the Bahamas had not responded in a timely fashion to its invitation to participate in the meeting and to furnish relevant information. The Committee decided that a communication should be sent to the Government of the Bahamas setting out its reporting obligations under the Convention and urging that the dialogue with the Committee should be resumed as soon as possible.
59. The Committee suggested that the Government of the Bahamas avail itself of the technical assistance offered under the advisory services and technical assistance programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights/Centre for Human Rights, with the aim of drawing up and submitting as soon as possible an updated report drafted in accordance with the reporting guidelines.