Submission to OHCHR on the protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent

Date: 04 December 2020

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Since a global ‘war on drugs’ was launched in the 1970s, evidence has emerged of its disproportionate impact on poor and marginalised communities, and of its predominant enforcement along racial lines.

This report focuses on racism and discrimination against people of African descent in drug law enforcement. This submission provides some (among many) examples from the USA, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil, on policing, arrest, sentencing and incarceration of people of African descent for drug offences; and comments on some social and health impacts of this phenomenon, whilst referring to more detailed sources.

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