MCDANIEL TO PARTICIPATE IN U.N. HEARING
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will take part in a United Nations hearing in Geneva this week to review the United States’ efforts to implement an international treaty to eliminate racial discrimination.
McDaniel will join a U.S. delegation to deliver comments before the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday. The delegation will take questions from the Committee on Wednesday and Thursday. The Committee is responsible for monitoring the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which the United States ratified in 1994.
“It is a privilege to be able to provide to international leaders an account of the significant progress we’ve made in Arkansas to eliminate racial discrimination, specifically in our efforts to offer quality education to all public school students,” McDaniel said. “As an emissary for attorneys general from across the country, I also look forward to highlighting the work that AGs have done to protect minority borrowers and provide equal access to housing and education.”
McDaniel was invited by the State Department to participate at the meeting, and this marks the first time that a state attorney general has been asked by the federal government to be a part of the U.S. delegation to this Committee.
The delegation includes high-level staff from the State Department, Justice Department, Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and mayor of Birmingham, Ala. Heading the delegation is Ambassador Keith Harper, the U.S. representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
The 18-member Committee is expected to ask questions about a variety of issues, including criminal justice, housing, health care, immigration, education and affirmative action. The Committee is expected to release its “Concluding Observations and Recommendations” several weeks after the hearing. The comments and recommendations are nonbinding.
Today, members of the U.S. delegation heard from representatives of various nongovernmental human rights organizations ahead of the delegation’s appearance before the committee on Wednesday.
The last time a U.S. delegation appeared before the Committee was in 2008.
McDaniel's opening remarks to the Committee will be available at geneva.usmission.gov/tag/cerd/ Wednesday following the delegation's appearance.