Recommendations to Canada: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Racialized communities are disproportionately charged, prosecuted and incarcerated in Canada under laws that criminalize people who use drugs, depriving them of their rights to equal treatment in the justice system, to security of the person, and to health and social services.

Canada’s failure to provide prisoners, who are disproportionately Indigenous and Black, with equivalent access to health services, including key harm reduction measures, is a violation of their rights to health and social services, security of the person, equality and non-discrimination.

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