HRI and Release develop this submission in response to the Runnymede Trust's call for evidence regarding the Government's implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Drug law enforcement disproportionately targets ethnic minority communities, including people of African and Asian descent. As such, this report focuses on racism and discrimination in the context of drug law enforcement in the UK. This report will address issues pertaining to: (1) data collection and disaggregation; (2) disproportionate stop and search; (3) inequitable criminal justice outcomes; (4) exclusion from educational settings; and (5) health. The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic is also highlighted where relevant.
The full civil society report by the Runnymede Trust can be accessed here: https://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/CERD/Runnymede%20CERD%20report%20v3.pdf