11/30/2017 3:33:32 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Singapore has ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), more than two years after signing it in October 2015.
The ICERD is a United Nations convention that condemns racial discrimination based on race, colour, descent, nationality or ethnic origin, and calls upon states to pursue a policy of eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms.
Ratifying the ICERD underscores Singapore’s commitment to work towards a society free of racial discrimination.
Ms Grace Fu, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said: “Since independence, we have built a nation on the fundamental principle of a multiracial society. Mutual respect and understanding must be deliberately and continuously nurtured among our diverse communities. Racial discrimination of any kind has no place in Singapore. We encourage everyone to do their part in making Singapore a home for citizens of all races, religions and backgrounds.”
The convention was adopted and opened for signature by the United Nations General Assembly on December 21, 1965, and it came into force on January 4, 1969.
Singapore is one of 179 state parties which have so far undertaken to “pursue by all appropriate means and without delay a policy of eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms”, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights office. India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, are all parties to the ICERD. No action to sign or ratify the convention has yet been taken by 14 countries including Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar and North Korea. The 10 other countries yet to take action are Cook Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia. Niue, Samoa, South Sudan and Tuvalu.
(Areas coloured orange on the map are countries yet to take action on the ICERD.)