Fifty-four African countries has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to organise an urgent debate on racism and police violence in the context of global mobilization after the death of George Floyd in the United States.
The request comes after the family of George Floyd, families of other victims of police violence and more than 600 NGOs called on the Human Rights Council to urgently address the problem of racism and impunity which benefits the police in the United States.
The ambassador of Burkina Faso to the United Nations in Geneva, Dieudonné Désiré Sougouri in a letter on behalf of the 54 countries of the African Group asked the body to the U.N. to organise an “urgent debate on the current racially-inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality against people of African descent and violence against peaceful demonstrations.”
“The tragic events of May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, USA, which resulted in the death of George Floyd, sparked worldwide protests over the injustice and brutality faced by people of African descent daily in many regions of the world,” wrote the ambassador.
“The death of George Floyd is unfortunately not an isolated incident,” he wrote, adding that he was speaking on behalf of the representatives and ambassadors of the African Group.
The letter, addressed to the President of the Human Rights Council, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger of Austria, requests that this debate take place next week, at the resumption of the 43rd session of the Council, interrupted in March due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Here is the request for “urgent debate” during next week’s @UN_HRC session “on the current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest.” English ➡️ pic.twitter.com/gjJBJfnwca
— Jamil Dakwar (@jdakwar) June 13, 2020