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Statement on France by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

GENEVA (7 July 2023) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CERD, today adopted a statement on the situation in France, expressing its concerns and making a number of recommendations to the State regarding racial profiling and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials.

In particular, CERD urges France to promptly ensure that the investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Nahel M. is thorough and impartial, to prosecute the alleged perpetrators and, if they are convicted, to sanction them in a manner commensurate with the gravity of the crime.

It also recommends that the authorities address, as a matter of priority, the structural and systemic causes of racial discrimination, including in law enforcement, in particular in the police and calls on the people of France to exercise their rights peacefully and with due respect for the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Committee, which oversees the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, adopted the statement under its early warning and urgent actions procedures.

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