Yesterday, at the invitation of the United States government, the United Nations' foremost expert on race issues — the Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance — arrived in the U.S. The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Doudou Diène, has come here for three weeks to gather first-hand information on these issues, as they manifest themselves in the U.S. During his visit, Mr. Diène will meet with federal and local officials, lawmakers and judicial authorities, and civil society organizations in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Omaha, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mr Diène, a Senegalese lawyer, will report his findings to the U.N. Human Rights Council next year.
This morning, U.S. NGOs had their second meeting with the CERD Committee. Expecting we'd be asked to discuss those issues the Committee has already directed the United States to answer at its hearing on U.S. compliance tomorrow, we were a little surprised - but not unprepared! - when Danish representative Morton Kjaerum opened by asking about Read More»