UN to raise racial and religious discrimination in the Irish Education system

In Geneva this December, Ireland will be examined by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Last Friday, the UN CERD Committee published a List of Themes for the examination of Ireland in December.

Atheist Ireland, the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland,
 and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland, made a joint Submission on the List of Themes for the examination. You can read our submission below.

We raised the issue of racial and religious discrimination in the Irish education system. Last Friday the UN CERD Committee published its List of Themes. It includes the following issue, which we had raised in our joint submission:

“15. Measures taken to accelerate the establishment of alternative, non-denominational or multi-denominational schools; measures taken to encourage diversity and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs in the education system, including by monitoring incidents of discrimination on the basis of belief (CERD/C/IRL/CO/3-4, para. 26; CERD/C/IRL/5-9, paras. 135–157).”

The overall themes that the CERD Committee will examine are grouped as follows:

  • The Convention in domestic law and the institutional and policy framework for its implementation (arts. 1, 2, and 4)
  • Situation of Travellers and Roma (arts. 2 and 5)
  • Situation of minorities (arts. 2 and 5)
  • Non-citizens, including refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons, migrants (arts. 2 and 5)
  • Human rights education to combat prejudice and intolerance (art. 7)

Atheist Ireland, the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland, will be preparing another more detailed joint Submission for the UN CERD Committee before the end of this month.

You can read our joint submission on the List of Themes below, and also at this link.

CERD Submission List of Themes
Atheist Ireland

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