U.N. Human Rights Council to debate racism and police brutality in the U.S.

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The United Nations Human Rights Council will maintain an “pressing” debate on systemic racism and police brutality, the group mentioned Monday. The talk among the many U.N.’s high human rights physique is the results of a request from Burkina Faso, on behalf of 54 African nations. 

The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva mentioned it’ll look at the “present racially impressed human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence in opposition to peaceable protests” this Wednesday. The council’s president, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, mentioned the problem would not simply pertain to the U.S., after holding a gathering for the primary time for the reason that coronavirus struck in March

“As you will have seen with demonstrations everywhere in the world, together with right here in Geneva, so it is a subject that’s not about only one nation, it goes nicely past that,” she mentioned. “Once I mentioned it is not in opposition to the US, I imply there are complaints about quite a lot of racism in lots of nations of this world, in fact in Europe, however not solely; you discover it everywhere in the world.”

In a letter to Tichy-Fisslberger obtained by CBS Information, Burkina Faso’s consultant to the U.N. Dieudonné W. Désiré Sougouri known as for the talk Friday in wake of the protests which have unfold all through the world for the reason that dying of George Floyd.

“The tragic occasions of 25 Might in Minneapolis within the U.S. which led to the dying of George Floyd led to protests all through the world in opposition to injustice and police brutality that individuals of African descent face every day in lots of areas of the world,” Sougouri mentioned. “The dying of George Floyd is sadly not an remoted incident.”

The group’s assembly got here after a name from greater than 600 rights teams to research alleged police violence after the killing of Floyd, in response to the U.N. The lawyer representing Floyd’s household, Ben Crump, tweeted that his authorized workforce had submitted an pressing enchantment to the U.N. to intervene, which would come with “encouraging the U.S. authorities to press federal prison costs in opposition to concerned officers and making suggestions for systemic police reform.”

A number of excessive profile U.N. officers, together with Secretary Normal António Guterres, have denounced racism, however the calls at the moment are extra particular to the U.S. response to the dying of George Floyd and the protests surrounding police practices, CBS Information’ Pamela Falk reported. 

Greater than 20 senior U.N. officers who’re African or of African descent additionally revealed an announcement titled, “On the Black Lives Matter Protests and different Mass Demonstrations in opposition to Systemic Racism and Police Brutality.” The assertion known as on the U.N. to “step up and act decisively to assist finish systemic racism in opposition to individuals of African descent and different minority teams.” The signatories embody heads of U.N. businesses akin to Tedros Ghebreyesus, the chief of the World Well being Group. 

The U.S. will not be a part of the U.N. Human Rights Council. The U.S. exited two years in the past after then-Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley mentioned the 47-member physique “continues politicizing and scapegoating of nations with optimistic human rights data in an try and distract from the abusers of their ranks.”

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