UN Condemns Human Rights Abuses in U.S.

Have ordered a report on “systemic racism” in America.

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations has condemned discriminatory and violent policing after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. A report on “systemic racism” against people of African descent in the United States was also ordered.

The 47-member state forum in Geneva unanimously adopted a resolution, brought by African countries. The mandate also asks U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to examine government responses to peaceful protests, including accusations of the excessive use of force, and deliver findings in a year’s time.

Philonise Floyd, the brother of the black man whose death under the knee of a white officer roused world protests against racial injustice, urged the forum on Wednesday to investigate U.S. police brutality and racial discrimination. “I am my brother’s keeper,” he said in an impassioned speech to the UN, adding, “You in the United Nations are your brothers’ and sisters’ keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother.”

“We must not rest until U.S. is fully held accountable for police violence and structural racism,”  said a leader of the ACLU which had led 600 activist groups in calling for the UN action.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Andrew Bremberg issued a statement on Wednesday that his country was “not above scrutiny” as it grappled with racial discrimination but was implementing police reforms after Floyd’s killing.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That Americans on many levels will have honest discussions about racism in America.
  • For U.S. Ambassador to the UN Andrew Bremberg as he represents America before that international body.
  • That those who follow Jesus Christ would love as He does.

Sources:  Reuters, UN News


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