20 The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Summary Reflection
From: The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary
- Ethnicity — Minorities — Race — Human rights remedies
This concluding chapter offers some concluding reflections on the development of the ICERD in the years since its inception. It looks back on the history of the Convention and also attempts to understand the challenges emanating from the early twenty-first century environment as the principal guide to future developments. Over the years, the Convention has transmitted and further defined the humanitarian message of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and stands secure in the firmament of UN human rights instruments. The principles of the Convention are widely accepted as representing conduct prohibited by customary international law and even, at least in gross or systematic forms, Jus cogens. Additionally, the chapter turns to the limitations of the ICERD’s work in eliminating discrimination, and offers insights for the continuing efforts for a dignified ordering of human affairs.