General Recommendation No. 16: References to situations existing in other States (Art. 9) : . 03/24/1993.
Gen. Rec. No. 16. (General Comments)

Convention Abbreviation: CERD
General Recommendation XVI

References to situations existing in other States (Art. 9)

(Forty-second session, 1993) *


1. Under article 9 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, States parties have undertaken to submit, through the Secretary-General of the United Nations, for consideration by the Committee, reports on measures taken by them to give effect to the provisions of the Convention.

2. With respect to this obligation of the States parties, the Committee has noted that, on some occasions, reports have made references to situations existing in other States.

3. For this reason, the Committee wishes to remind States parties of the provisions of article 9 of the Convention concerning the content of their reports, while bearing in mind article 11, which is the only procedural means available to States for drawing to the attention of the Committee situations in which they consider that some other State is not giving effect to the provisions of the Convention.

* Contained in document A/48/18.


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