The NGOs play an important role before the Committee. Its members meet the NGOs before considering the States reports. This informal role of the NGOs is organized by the Anti-Racism Information Service (ARIS).
Victims of racial discrimination are encouraged either to send directly a communication, if possible, or to contact a NGO which could offer its services before the Committee. All States having ratified the Convention must submit periodic reports.
As of 26 January 2010, African States having ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination are:
Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, The Congo, The Democratic Republic Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, The Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, The Sudan, Tunisia, The United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe