General Recommendation No. 26: Article 6 of the Convention : . 03/24/2000.
Gen. Rec. No. 26. (General Comments)

Convention Abbreviation: CERD


General Recommendation XXVI


Article 6 of the Convention


(Fifty-sixth session, 2000) *



1. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination believes that the degree to which acts of racial discrimination and racial insults damage the injured party’s perception of his/her own worth and reputation is often underestimated.

2. The Committee notifies States parties that, in its opinion, the right to seek just and adequate reparation or satisfaction for any damage suffered as a result of such discrimination, which is embodied in article 6 of the Convention, is not necessarily secured solely by the punishment of the perpetrator of the discrimination; at the same time, the courts and other competent authorities should consider awarding financial compensation for damage, material or moral, suffered by a victim, whenever appropriate.


1399th meeting
24 March 2000



* Contained in document A/55/18, annex V.

1996-2001
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Geneva, Switzerland