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African countries push for U.N. inquiry into racism, police brutality in US

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Following weeks of protests and agitations over racism and police brutalities in the United States, African countries are pushing for a U.N. inquiry.

They want the inquiry into what they call “systemic racism” and “police brutality” in the United States and elsewhere.

Last month, the death of a blackman George Floyd in the custody of the police in Minneapolis sparked outrage across the world.

Protesters have been demanding an end to police brutality and racism against black people. The African Union condemned the trend.

But Reuters is reporting that it has sighted a draft resolution that shows that African countries hope to defend the rights of people of African descent.

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The said resolution is now reportedly circulating among diplomats in Geneva. The U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday is expected to consider it for an urgent debate.

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The 47-members of the council are convening at the request of Burkina Faso on behalf of African countries after George Floyd’s death.

But the United States is no longer a member after quitting two years ago over claims of bias against its ally Israel.

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In the draft resolution, African countries expressed concerns over “recent incidents of police brutality against peaceful demonstrators defending the rights of Africans and of people of African descent”.

It called for “an independent international commission of inquiry … to establish facts and circumstances related to the systemic racism, alleged violations of international human rights law and abuses against Africans and of people of African descent in the United States of America and other parts of the world”.

The resolution also said such an inquiry should include “the alleged use of excessive force against protesters, bystanders and journalists”.




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