UNHRC to Debate Systemic Racism: AFP

Burkina Faso’s ambassador to the UN, Dieudonné Desiré Sougouri, wrote a letter for 54 African countries calling for “urgent debate” from the UN Human Rights Council on systemic racism, police brutality, human rights violations against people of African descent and the attacks against peaceful protesters. The UNHRC, after a disruption due to Covid-19, resumes its 43rd session today. “The call came after Floyd's family, along with the families of other victims of police violence and over 600 NGOs this week called on the council to urgently address systemic racism and police impunity in the US,” reports AFP. The “letter pointed to the case of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white officer, who has since been charged with murder, pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.” The ambassador maintains that Floyd’s death is not an isolated incident, as revealed by images caught by ubiquitous camera phones and security cameras and revealed on social media. Human Rights Watch also requested scrutiny of racism and police violence in the United States. The Trump administration withdrew the United States from the UNHCR in 2018. – YaleGlobal

UNHRC to Debate Systemic Racism: AFP

African counties called on UN council to discuss US racism and protests and UNHRC calls special session
Monday, June 15, 2020

Read the article from Agence France-Presse about a call from African nations for the UN Human Rights Council to review US policies on race and police violence.

Read more about the US withdrawal from the UNHRC: “The US Should Rejoin the UNHRC.”

Membership of UNHCR and Freedom House rankings for each
To debate systemic racism: The UN Human Rights Council has 47 members divided among regions that serve three-year terms; records on human rights vary, and Freedom House ranks nations based on freedom and democracy: green as free, yellow partly free and gray not free (Source: UN and Freedom House 2019 Map)

Map showing ratification status of International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: 182 state parties, 3 signatories and 12 countries showing no action
(Source: UN Office on Human Rights)

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