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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination - A Commentary by Thornberry, Patrick (14th July 2016)

17 Article 7: The Role of Education in Combating Racial Discrimination

From: The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary

Patrick Thornberry

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 July 2020

Ethnicity — Minorities — Race — Right to education — Human rights remedies

This chapter concerns the use of education in combating discrimination, as discussed in Article 7. The primary focus of Article 7 is on the aims and objectives to be pursued by ‘teaching, education, culture and information’, and the modalities for achieving them. In terms of the structure of ICERD, whereas the protection from discrimination in Article 5 encompasses ‘the right to education and training’ and ‘the right to equal participation in cultural activities’—reflecting broad-based rights recognized throughout a range of international human rights instruments—the obligations in Article 7 have a distinctive focus. The highlighted fields of activity and other relevant but unnamed ‘fields’ must be directed to combat prejudices which lead to racial discrimination, promoting understanding and tolerance, and propagating human rights, including the Convention. In this light, Article 7 makes its own contribution to world programmes for human rights education and similar initiatives.

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