The CERD is the international body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the ICERD by its State Parties. Once the ICERD has been ratified, all States Parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on its implementation. The Committee examines each report, and address its concerns and recommendations to the State Party for follow up.
Singapore signed the ICERD on 19 October 2015 and ratified it on 27 November 2017. This represents Singapore’s commitment to preserving a multiracial society free from racial discrimination, where every person is equal before the law. For more details on Singapore’s ratification, refer to:
Role of Government
MCCY chairs an Inter-Ministry Committee on the ICERD. The Committee monitors Singapore’s progress and ensures the implementation the ICERD by reviewing our laws and policies, and proposing improvements to address racial discrimination.
Role of stakeholders and CSOs
Stakeholders and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) play a vital role in making the commitments set out in ICERD a reality. The Singapore Government engages stakeholders and CSOs, to raise awareness and consult the public on ICERD and the elimination of racial discrimination in Singapore.
Raising public awareness
The following materials have been developed to raise public awareness on the ICERD and racial discrimination.
Singapore submitted its first State Party Report on the ICERD in December 2018. All States Parties are required to submit a report on the implementation of the ICERD to the CERD. Thereafter, States Parties will present to the CERD regarding the measures in the Report.
Highlights of Report
The Report describes the Government’s holistic approach to preserving and strengthening social cohesion, which has three pillars: legislation that safeguards racial and religious harmony; policies that foster social integration; and programmes that mobilise the community to work together for the common good.
It also highlights key measures that Singapore has undertaken to eliminate racial discrimination and strengthen racial harmony. Some of these measures include the roles of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, ethnic-based Self-Help Groups, and the Ethnic Integration Policy.
Consultations on the ICERD Report
Singapore fosters social cohesion with multiple stakeholders, with each playing a role in addressing racial discrimination. In preparing the Report, the Government consulted a wide range of stakeholders, including youths, academics, religious and community leaders, community organisations and CSOs. MCCY also invited members of the public to provide feedback on the draft Report from September to October 2018 through REACH.
The following is Singapore’s first ICERD Report and the accompanying Annex of charts.