UN HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF URGES IMMEDIATE, TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION TO UPROOT SYSTEMIC RACISM


29/06/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has warned that systemic racism against people of African descent continues in many parts of the world.

Structural racism creates barriers to minorities' access to jobs, health, housing, education and justice, Bachelet said, calling on states to eliminate discrimination and prosecute law enforcement officers for illegal killings.

Bachelet noted in a global report following the 2020 killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis that racial profiling and excessive use of force by police are entrenched in much of North America, Europe, and Latin America.

"I call on all states to stop denying and eliminating racism in order to end impunity and build trust, listen to the voices of people of African descent, confront and compensate for past legacies," Bachelet said in a report to the Human Rights Council.

The report reminds us that 190 African and African-Americans have died in the past 10 years by law enforcement agencies worldwide, mostly in the United States.


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