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CERD concluding observations 2016, paragraph 27

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

Ensure the governments of Northern Ireland and Wales regularly review the impact of stop and search powers on people of visible ethnic minority groups. Such powers should be used in a lawful and non-discriminatory way, always on the basis of reasonable suspicion, and with a full monitoring system. Consider UN advice on the prevention of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.


Original UN recommendation

Recalling its general recommendation No. 31 (2005) on the prevention of racial discrimination in the administration and functioning of the criminal justice system, the Committee recommends that the State party ensure that the governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales regularly review the impact of stop and search powers on persons belonging to visible ethnic minority groups, and take effective measures to ensure that such powers are used in a lawful, non-arbitrary and non-discriminatory manner on the basis of reasonable suspicion, with rigorous monitoring and review mechanisms.

Date of UN examination

02/10/2016

UN article number

2 (general obligations), 5 (prohibition of racial discrimination; equal enjoyment of rights)

Last updated on 08/10/2019