Mandate and Method

 

The Mandate of the Commission:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation into anti-Black violence perpetrated by police in the United States both historically and in recent times, with an emphasis on evaluating the most recent cases and addressing the connection of the current cases to the history of failing to address systemic racism;
  • Make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability for such violations and abuses, and to protecting people against further abuses; and 
  • Present a report to the UN High Commissioner, other relevant international bodies and the general public by April of 2021 in time to allow the High Commissioner to utilize the information produced by the Inquiry Commission in her report to the Human Rights Council. 

Methods of Work 

The International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence against People of African Descent in the United States will collect and assess relevant information for its investigation and document victims’ testimonies, accounts of survivors and witnesses;

In carrying out its work, the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence against People of African Descent in the United States will be guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, objectivity, transparency and integrity.

The International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence against People of African Descent in the United States will develop cooperation with the United Nations, including its specialized agencies and mandate holders, and collaborate with non-governmental organizations.  The Inquiry Commission will also be in contact with most of the Civil Rights organizations which have worked on this problem in the United States. 

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