Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, General Recommendation 8, Membership of racial or ethnic groups based on self-identification (Thirty-eighth session, 1990), U.N. Doc. A/45/18 at 79 (1991), reprinted in Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies, U.N. Doc. HRI\GEN\1\Rev.6 at 200 (2003).
Having considered reports from States parties concerning information about the ways in which individuals are identified as being members of a particular racial or ethnic groups or groups,
Is of the opinion that such identification shall, if no justification exists to the contrary, be based upon self-identification by the individual concerned.