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UN Human Rights Council takes action to tackle racism and police brutality

The Council condemned systemic racism, excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement against Africans and people of African descent. Significantly, it mandated the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide oral reports on this issue and requested a written report in one year.

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How COVID-19 has exacerbated problems created by excessive use of pre-trial detention

In this expert blog, the President of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, Joel Hernández, writes about alternatives to pre-trial detention in the Americas where the number of people held in remand are excessively high. Commissioner Hernández calls for the use of alternatives as an urgent measure to protect human rights - during the COVID-19 crisis and longer-term.This is the first expert blog in a new series where leaders, practitioners and academics will share their expertise to delve into trends and analysis from Global Prison Trends 2020.

Joel Hernández García 15th June 2020