UNODC participates in MUN on mass imprisonment and institutional racism

Brasília, 11 December 2020 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Brazil participated in the opening ceremony of miniGOMUN, an online simulation promoted by the Olga Benário Research and Simulation Centre (CPSOB).

Designed as a more compact version of the Goiás Model United Nations (GOMUN), which takes place annually, the first edition of miniGOMUN had as its theme "The challenges in promoting human rights for the prison population: mass imprisonment in the face of structural racism". In addition, the event simulated the UNODC Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

The opening ceremony was attended by Rodrigo Araújo, the focal point of UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative in Brazil, who highlighted UNODC's work with United Nations Models as an innovative strategy to strengthen the rule of law among young people through education. Araujo also emphasized the support offered by E4J for simulations around the world through the E4J Resource Guide for MUNs. Lastly, he stressed the importance of the event in the context of the global crisis of mass imprisonment and institutional racism.

"Imprisonment disproportionately affects low income vulnerable people, a condition usually linked to social markers such as skin colour. In addition, there is an urgent need to discuss the impacts of mass imprisonment and structural racism in such contexts," Araújo said.

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