Submission to the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on systemic, structural, and institutional racism

This is Release's submission to the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee to assist in their examination of patterns, policies and processes contributing to incidents of racial discrimination and to advance racial justice and equality, which should be firmly anchored in the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the attainment of its Goals.

This submission focuses on the discriminatory application of drug law enforcement on Africans and people of African descent. It provides evidence of its negative and discriminatory impacts, with a focus on the United Kingdom. Finally, it provides a brief examination of possible ways to address the inherently racist nature of punitive drug policies.