Engaging with UN Processes

Migrants’ Rights Scotland joined other civil society groups on Monday 21 February at an event organised by Runnymede Trust and CRER (Coalition for Race Equality and Rights) at the STUC in Glasgow to find out about feeding our views to the UN in time for the CERD’S examination of the UK Government in August.


Chris Oswald of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland briefed on the work of CERD (the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

From Runnymede Trust, Klara Schmitz led the rest of the consultation event during which participants explored their concerns regarding the state of race equality and discrimination in their respective fields or service areas across Scotland.

Shared concerns from the gathered civil society groups revolved around themes such as accountability (including monitoring and scrutiny), participation, ensuring the race characteristic in public sector duties relating to the new Equality Act and actions for responsible media representation of race and related issues. It was felt that the UK and Scottish Governments should be queried about actions taken, progress and future plans in the respective areas of concern.

Migrants’ Rights Scotland volunteers and associates present expressed their views on the part race and discrimination play in the lives of migrants. We now eagerly await the outcome of the day’s event – the opportunity to add our voices with other interested groups in a joint shadow report to the CERD this summer.

Download UK Government’s reports to CERD here.