Draft General Recommendation n° 36 on preventing and combating racial profiling

Call for contributions by 30 June 2019

During its 98th session, from 23 April to 10 May 2019, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination ("the Committee") initiated the drafting process of general recommendation n° 36 on preventing and combatting racial profiling. The Committee wishes to invite all interested stakeholders to comment on the Committee’s Draft (see below).

Stakeholders, including States, UN and regional human rights mechanisms, UN organisations or specialised agencies, National Human Rights Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), research institutions, and academics are invited to send their comments in writing to


In November 2017, during its 92nd session, the Committee hold a thematic discussion on "Racial discrimination in today’s world: racial profiling, ethnic cleansing and challenges". The event focused on analysing the experiences, challenges and lessons learned on combatting racial profiling and ethnic cleansing. Following the discussion, the Committee expressed its intention to elaborate a general recommendation to provide guidance on preventing and combatting racial profiling.

Submissions should:

  • be concise and focused on the subject matter, if possible indicating precisely the section or paragraphs to which comments are being made and must not exceed 5 pages.
  • be submitted in WORD format and in one of the official working languages of the Committee: English, French or Spanish;

Submissions will be posted on the CERD webpage, it is therefore the responsibility of the submitting stakeholder to ensure that submissions do not contain personal identifiable information. Please note that submissions will not be translated.


Comments must be submitted by 30 June 2019To facilitate the work of the Committee, this deadline will be strictly applied. No submissions received after this deadline will be posted on the webpage.

The current version of the draft General Comment can be found only in English.

Submissions received:


Independent Human Rights Experts and UN

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

 Civil Society Organizations

Regional organizations / human rights mechanisms

Civil Society Consultation

 Joining hands to end racial discriminatiom, CERD Consultation with Civil Society 

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