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HRC subsidiary body
04 August 2022
Human Rights Council, Fifty-first session
Issued by HRC subsidiary body
Law enforcement, Racism
The report the Expert Mechanism focuses on the collection, publication and analysis of data disaggregated by race or ethnic origin with regard to interactions of Africans and people of African descent with law enforcement authorities and the criminal justice system, as an essential element for driving and assessing responses to systemic racism in the areas of law enforcement and the criminal justice system and proposes a series of recommendations in this regard.
As requested by operative paragraph 15 of Human Rights Council resolution 47/21, the International Independent Expert Mechanism to advance racial justice and equality for Africans and people of African descent in the context of law enforcement (the “Expert Mechanism”) will present its first report at the fifty-first session of the Human Rights Council in September 2022 and transmit the report to the General Assembly.
In its first report, the Expert Mechanism will look at areas covered by its mandate (operative paragraphs 11-12). It has also decided to focus on the issue of data disaggregated by race or ethnic origin in law enforcement and the criminal justice system as it relates to Africans and people of African descent, in light of operative paragraph 11(d) which requests it to advance racial justice and equality in the context of law enforcement in all parts of the world by, inter alia, “making recommendations on the collection and publication of data, with strict safeguards and in line with international law, disaggregated by victims’ race or ethnic origin, on deaths and serious injuries by law enforcement officials and related prosecutions and convictions, as well as any disciplinary actions, to drive and assess responses to systemic racism in the area of law enforcement and the criminal justice system”.
In order to inform the preparation of this report, the Expert Mechanism would welcome information related to its mandate in Human Rights Council resolution 47/21 as detailed in operative paragraphs 11-12.
The Expert Mechanism would also welcome information on the following areas in light of the focus of its report:
Unless otherwise specified, all contributions will be made available in full and as received on the public website of the Expert Mechanism. It should be noted that not all information shared will necessarily be reflected in the final report and that information falling outside the mandate will not be considered.