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August 9, 2017

The Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC), along with other community groups will be highlighting the experience and impact of racism experienced by racialized groups in Canada and Indigenous peoples at their appearance before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on August 14 and August 15.

The UN CERD Committee will be examining Canada’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (1965). COP – COC, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) submitted a joint shadow report to the CERD Committee. The African Canadian Legal Clinic has submitted its own report to the CERD Committee highlighting the experience of people of African descent.

The organizations joined other Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in issuing a joint statement in advance of Canada’s appearance before the CERD Committee. The NGOs affirmed their intention to speak out strongly on Canada’s record on Indigenous rights, anti-Black racism, racial discrimination and human rights and hold the Canadian government accountable in this important international forum.

Important documents regarding Canada's 2017 CERD Review can be found below:

Colour of Poverty CERD Press Release
Canadian NGO Joint Statement in Advance of CERD Review
CERD Joint Shadow Report 2017 - Executive Summary
CERD Joint Shadow Report 2017