|African nations have prepared a draft resolution at the U.N.’s top human rights body that seeks to probe the 'systematic racism' in the united states and other foreign countries that have violated the lives of black people.
The actions have been taken in response to the recent murder of George Floyd by law enforcement officers in the United States.
The draft text could become the centerpiece for an urgent debate hastily scheduled for Wednesday for the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.
Burkina Faso ambassador to the UN Ambassador Dieudonne Desire Sougouri, on behalf of 54 African countries, called on the Human Rights Council to urgently debate racism & police brutality amid the unrest in the US and beyond over GeorgeFloyd's death.
The 47-member Council agreed on Tuesday to convene at the request of Burkina Faso on behalf of African countries after the death last
It calls for a Commission of Inquiry — the rights body’s most powerful tool to inspect human rights violations to look into “systemic racism” and 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 recently affected by law enforcement agencies especially encounters that resulted in deaths.
Such work would be carried out “with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice,” said the text, circulated by the Africa Group in the council. The breadth of support for the measure was not immediately clear. The U.S. mission in Geneva declined immediate comment on the draft resolution.
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President Donald Trump had accused the human right body of anti-Israel bias and of accepting members from some autocratic governments which he branded as serial rights violators. He went ahead to pull the United States out of the 47-member body two years ago.
Such an erratic burst of emotions and vilifications resurfaced again with the WHO accused of being China-centric. He later threatened to stop funding the organization to stem the outbreak of COVID-19.
On Monday, the council agreed unanimously to hold the urgent debate on “racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protests” in the wake of the George Floyd killing in the United States.