The International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in the context of Law Enforcement will conduct a country visit to the United States of America from 24 April – 5 May 2023.
To Collect information in preparation for the Expert Mechanism's visit to the United States of America scheduled to take place 24 April – 5 May 2023
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 including law enforcement authorities, civil society organisations, United Nations representatives, academics, lawyers, 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 and recommendations.
The Expert Mechanism seeks to understand the USA’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:
Key questions and types of input/comments sought
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, lawyers, and academics to send inputs ahead of their visit, such as:
How inputs will be used
Submission will remain confidential. They will be considered during the country visit and will be considered for the Expert Mechanism’s report on the country visit.
Input/comments may be sent by e-mail. They must be received by 24 February 2023.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email subject line: 2023 Visit to the USA
Word limit: 2500 words
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Accepted languages: English
Thursday, February 16, 2023
International Presence: Call for Inputs on Upcoming Country Visit to the U.S by the UN International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in the context of Law Enforcement from 24 April – 5 May 2023
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