OHCHR Holds Consultation with Civil Society to Inform its Upcoming Report
In preparation for its upcoming report on police violence and systemic racism, a result of Resolution 43/1, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held a historic consultation with civil society on February 18. The consultation was moderated by Dominique Day, Chair of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, and Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, OHCHR. It featured interventions from directly-impacted individuals across the United States, human rights experts and representatives of civil society orgs.
Kerry Mclean, USHRN International Mechanisms Coordinator, contributed powerful remarks on how police violence against people of African descent impacts womxn, children and people with mental health issues, and why an intersectional analysis is necessary for understanding systemic racism and in devising effective solutions. We are thankful to OHCHR for creating this space, and to all the individuals who submitted their stories as testimony.