Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

The Committee against Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a monitoring body established by the UN to ensure implementation and compliance by States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The committee can make recommendations on how member states can improve implementation of the treaty.

All member states must submit a periodic state report concerning the implementation of ICERD. Non-governmental organizations and national human rights organizations can also participate in this state reporting procedure and submit parallel reports to draw attention to inadequate implementation in the nation states.

The Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nations (CERD) monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination in the signatory States.

In November 2023 the Comittee analyses the periodic report of the german government. In this context, the BUG has submitted a parallel report to CERD, which addresses anti-Muslim racism and racial profiling in Germany.

The committee's concluding observations can be found here.


In 2013, Germany submitted its last periodic report report. On the 5th and 6th of May 2015 Germany presented its report to the Anti-Racism Committee. Simultaneously to the governmental report several German NGOs have issued shadow reports.  BUG also submitted an alternative report to the Committee, which focuses on forms of religious discrimination against people of non-Christian origin performed by religious employers in Germany.

The report also formulated the legal protection gap in the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) which excludes discrimination by state actors. A recording of the 86th session of the CERD Committee about Germany is now available in the archives of the United Nations.

On the 15th of May 2015, the Anti-Racism Committee of the United Nations (CERD) presented its 'Concluding Observations' concerning the German State Report. Regarding this, BUG has published a press release.