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In compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the term "racial discrimination" means any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life. Fifty years later, the Convention remains at the core of the fight against all forms of racial discrimination. Tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Convention by States Parties, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has an important role in these efforts. The international community designated 21 March the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


In the international community, i.e. within the UN, the Council of Europe, the EU and the OSCE, Slovenia staunchly advocates the implementation of regional and universal international legal instruments for the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and other forms of intolerance. Slovenia holds regular dialogue with monitoring mechanisms for the implementation of international legal instruments, cooperates with the special rapporteurs of universal and regional organisations, and addresses the issue of discrimination within the context of the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council. Every two years, Slovenia and Belgium table a resolution on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in the UN General Assembly.


On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the ICERD, Slovenia and Belgium hosted a side event in the course of the high-level segment of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council