UN Human Rights Committee Releases Observation Report, Provides Strong Recommendations

The NAACP sent a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland to address voter suppression, Stand Your Ground laws and former felon voter disenfranchisement at the United Nations Human Rights Committee meeting.

The committee has released concluding observations and stern recommendations in the fourth report of the United States of America.

The report addresses many of the NAACP's main issues:

Racial disparities in the criminal justice system

The State party should continue and step up its efforts to robustly address racial disparities in the criminal justice system, including by amending regulations and policies leading to racially disparate impact at the federal, state and local levels. The State party should ensure the retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act and reform mandatory minimum sentencing statutes.

Racial profiling

The State party should continue and step up its measures to effectively combat and eliminate racial profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement officials, inter alia by: (a) pursuing the review of the 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies and expanding protection against profiling on the basis of religion, religious appearance or national origin; (b) continuing to train state and local law enforcement personnel on cultural awareness and inadmissibility of racial profiling; and (c) abolishing all “stop and frisk” practices.

The observations and recommendations include gun violence, excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, corporal punishment, criminalization of homelessness, among other issues.

The full UN concluding observations report is available here.

The NAACP delegation's activities during the meeting are chronicled here.