International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965. Switzerland acceded to the Convention on 29 November 1994.

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) obliges states parties to pursue by all appropriate means a policy of eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms and promoting understanding among all races, refrain from all acts and practices of racial discrimination and prohibit and prosecute such acts.

The Convention defines racial discrimination and lists civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights whose enjoyment must be guaranteed to everyone without distinction as to race. It also contains the basic right to effective judicial complaint procedures (legal remedies) in the case of all acts of racial discrimination. 

The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965 and came into force on 4 January 1969. Switzerland ratified the Convention on 29 November 1994, where it came into force exactly one month later. 

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Review mechanism

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is the body that reviews states parties' compliance with their obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. States parties must report regularly on the implementation of the measures taken to fulfil their obligations under the Convention. 

States must report initially one year after acceding to the Convention and then every two years or when requested to by the Committee. The Committee can also require further information from the states parties. The latest report by Switzerland to be examined by the Committee was Switzerland's combined 7th to 9th periodic report in 2014.

The Service for Combating Racism within the Federal Department of Home Affairs is responsible for Switzerland's country reports on the implementation of its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Combined tenth, eleventh and twelfth periodic reports submitted by Switzerland to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, November 2018 (PDF, 3.3 MB, French)

Information on the CERD and Switzerland's country reports (de, fr, it) 

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination