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Audit on racial discrimination

CYPRUS’ initiatives to eliminate racial discrimination were assessed in Geneva yesterday.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) met with 18 independent experts and a delegation from Cyprus to determine how well Cyprus met the goals it outlined in a report from December 2012.

Cyprus is one of 176 states that signed the the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Accordingly, all signatory states are required to undergo an examination of their record on eliminating racial discrimination in from of CERD. Cyprus was last examined in 2001.

On Friday CERD will release findings that will document how well Cyprus’ efforts to curb racial discrimination have succeeded. The findings will also recommend steps to further implement the provisions of the convention.

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