Date lodged: 13 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will be represented at ministerial level at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s review of the UK's 21st to 23rd periodic reports in August 2016 and, if so, by whom.
Answered by: Angela Constance 2 August 2016
The Scottish Government will participate fully in the examination of the UK's record by the UN Committee. The Scottish Government provides a contribution to formal UK written submissions to United Nations Committees as part of the reporting cycle under international human rights treaties. Normal practice is for the UK delegation at the oral session in Geneva to be headed by a senior UK official and Scotland will be represented, by a Scottish Government official with appropriate policy knowledge and experience. In this instance the relevant official will be the Scottish Government's Head of Equality Strategy.