General Recommendation No. 09: Independence of experts (Art. 8, par.1) : . 08/23/1990.
Gen. Rec. No. 09. (General Comments)

Convention Abbreviation: CERD
General Recommendation IX

Independence of experts (Application of Art. 8, par.1)

(Thirty-eighth session, 1990) *


The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,

Considering that respect for the independence of the experts is essential to secure full observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Recalling article 8, paragraph 1, of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,

Alarmed by the tendency of the representatives of States, organizations and groups to put pressure upon experts, especially those serving as country rapporteurs,

Strongly recommends that they respect unreservedly the status of its members as independent experts of acknowledged impartiality serving in their personal capacity.

* Contained in document A/45/18.


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