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Discrimination in the criminal justice system: E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/5, May 23, 2002

final working paper prepared by Ms. Leïla Zerrougui

10. In other words, if a fresh study is undertaken on discrimination in the criminal justice system, it is bound to shed new light on the matter. This is firstly because it has now been established that institutionalized discrimination exists and persists in national criminal justice systems, secondly because as a result of globalization and regional integration, discriminatory practices spread across borders and take on new form, and thirdly because the sort of colonialism which produced the most intolerable forms of de jure discrimination in the administration of justice has not completely disappeared. This study is all the more worthwhile insofar as it appears justified by the events which are currently upsetting the international context, while its scope will be broadened by its coverage of other vulnerable or victimized groups, which are nowadays subject to discrimination in the administration of criminal justice.[*]

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  1. These groups were identified in the document prepared for the working group on the administration of justice, which refers in paragraph 39 to “the wide range of discriminatory practices and of the grounds of discrimination to which the victims are subjected, depending on their alienness, sex, ethnic or religious affiliation, age, disability, sexual orientation or material disadvantage, as the case may be, with some cases even involving double or triple discrimination” (E/CN.4/Sub.2/2001/WG.1/CRP.1). [internal note].