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COMMITTEE: HRC COUNTRY: United Kingdom AGENDA: Racism, Gender discrimination And Related Forms Of Intolerance UK plays an enterprising role internationally in protecting and promoting women's rights through the UN and other international institutions. It is committed to fighting racial discrimination and intolerance. Combatting all forms of racism remains an important part of the government's human right policy. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is a United Nations Convention. A second - generation human rights instrument, the Convention commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races. UK has signed and ratified it , but does not recognize competence under Article 14, which allows the parties to recognize the competence of the Committee to hear complaints from individuals about violations of the rights protected by the Convention.UK interprets the Convention as creating an obligation to enact measures against hate speech and hate crimes only when a need arises. It is one of the 18 independent countries whose members are selected for a term of 4 years and the membership as of august 2010 is 'Patrick Thornberry'. UK has also signed and ratified the Convention on The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women was adopted without vote by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993. It contained in it the recognition of "the urgent need for the universal application to women of the

coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty. the government published its new National Action Plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women. whether occurring in public or in private life. sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women. security. In July. the Home Secretary agreed to extend a pilot project until March 2011. restricting .rights and principles with regard to equality. peace and security. integrity and dignity of all human beings". It is seen as the strengthening of the work of the CEDAW. The term 'violence against women' any act of gender-based violence that results in. designated 25 November as the International Day for Elimination Of Violence Against Women. the General Assembly. to ensure a gender perspective in addressing post-conflict situations. but also reports on non-governmental bodies and private individuals There are six key areas which Amnesty deals with: ▪ Women's. ▪ Ending torture ▪ Abolition of the death penalty ▪ Rights of refugees ▪ Rights of prisoners of conscience ▪ Protection of human dignity. supporting victims of domestic violence who lack access to public funds because of their insecure immigration status. in 1999. The other forms of intolerance such as Racial Segregation may have existed in early Anglo-Saxon England. "Amnesty International" follows the motto "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness".As a consequence of the resolution. children's. or is likely to result in. liberty. led by the representative from the Dominican Republic. physical. including threats of such acts. minorities' and indigenous rights. while seeking a permanent solution to ensure their protection. On 25 November. It is a non-governmental organization and its primary targets governments.

ratification and lastly enforcement of the laws and decisions taken. participation .intermarriage and resulting in the displacement of the native British population by Germanic incomers. Therefore. gender discrimination and all other forms of intolerance and discriminations through its involvement. . hereby we can conclude that UK is one of the actively participating countries in the matters listed above and it is taking steps to put an end to all forms of racism.

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