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Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination, Luxembourg, U.N. Doc. A/49/18, paras. 429-443 (1993).





Forty-fifth session


Concluding observations of the Committee on the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination


429. At its 1065th meeting, on 17 August 1994, the Committee adopted the following concluding observations.

(a) Introduction

430. The submission of reports prepared in accordance with the guidelines on reporting under the Convention is appreciated. The additional oral information presented by a high-level delegation is also welcomed.

(b) Positive aspects

431. Note is taken of the importance the State party attaches to the protection and promotion of human rights, especially through its contribution in international and regional forums, as well as the measures being taken at the national level. In particular, the recent information programmes instituted by the Ministry of the Family to inform immigrants, including through multilingual radio broadcasts, of their rights and the services provided and benefits available to them are welcomed. The decision of the Government to involve the non-governmental community in the dissemination of information against intolerance, racism and xenophobia is also noted.

432. The initiative to establish consultative commissions in communes where over 20 per cent of the resident population is alien is also noted with interest.

(c) Principal subjects of concern

433. It is noted that racist and xenophobic acts, though very few in number, have been committed in Luxembourg.

434. Regret is expressed at the lack of information contained in the State party's reports on the breakdown and number of non-European Union members residing in Luxembourg.

435. While note is taken of the provisions of articles 454 and 455 of the Penal Code, the concern remains that the State party has not taken sufficient measures to implement the provisions of article 4 of the Convention.

436. It is noted with regret that the fullest information on the implementation of articles 5, 6 and 7 of the Convention was not provided in the reports of the State party.

(d) Suggestions and recommendations

437. The Committee requests that the State party provide further information in its next report on the breakdown of the population, particularly with regard to persons who are not nationals of States members of the European Union, as well as on its immigration policy.

438. The Committee would appreciate receiving in the next report further information on the measures taken to implement all the provisions of article 4 of the Convention, particularly with regard to declaring illegal and prohibiting organizations that promote and incite racial discrimination.

439. The Committee requests that further clarification be provided on the implementation of article 5 of the Convention in the State party with respect to persons who are not nationals of States members of the European Union.

440. With respect to article 6 of the Convention, the Committee would appreciate receiving further information on the number of complaints of racial discrimination, the outcome of the prosecution of cases of racial discrimination and the redress, if any, provided to persons suffering from such discrimination.

441. The Committee requests the State party to provide further information in its next report on the implementation of article 7 of the Convention, particularly with respect to the measures taken in the field of teaching and education in schools for combating prejudice and promoting tolerance and the information being disseminated to youths in this regard.

442. The Committee encourages the State party to consider making the declaration provided for under article 14 of the Convention concerning the acceptance of the Committee's competence to receive and consider petitions.

443. The Committee draws the attention of the State party to the amendment to article 8, paragraph 6, of the Convention, which was approved by the fifteenth meeting of States parties and by the General Assembly in its resolution 47/111, and encourages the State party to expedite its action formally to accept that amendment.




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