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18 April 2023
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The mandate of the Expert Mechanism is detailed in resolution 47/21. The Expert Mechanism is mandated under paragraph 11 of the resolution to advance racial justice and equality in the context of law enforcement in all parts of the world by, inter alia conducting country visits, inclusive outreach, and consultations with States, directly affected individuals and communities, and other stakeholders, and taking into account an intersectional approach. The Expert Mechanism is comprised of three members- Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, Dr. Tracie Keesee, and Professor Juan Méndez.
Learn more about the Expert Mechanism here
During the mission, the Expert Mechanism will meet national stakeholders, including government officials, national human rights institutions, civil society organisations, United Nations representatives, academics, and victims. The Expert Mechanism will also conduct site visits and spend time outside the capital city to better understand the issues faced by Africans and people of African Descent in the country.
The Expert Mechanism will offer recommendations to support the Government's efforts in combatting structural and institutional racism, the excessive use of force, and other human rights violations by law enforcement and the criminal justice system against Africans and people of African descent. The Expert Mechanism will present a mission report with its findings to the Human Rights Council in 2023.
The Expert Mechanism seeks to understand Sweden's efforts in combatting structural and institutional racism, the excessive use of force, and other human rights violations by law enforcement against Africans and people of African descent, in the spirit of cooperation and dialogue.
During the visit, the Expert Mechanism will study:
The Expert Mechanism would like to invite all interested individuals and organizations, including Africans and people of African descent, representatives of civil society organisations, experts, and academics to send inputs ahead of their visit, such as:
Submission will remain confidential. They will be considered during the country visit and will be considered for the Expert Mechanism’s report to the Human Rights Council in 2023.