Editorial: No discrimination…

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted a resolution strongly condemning the continuing racially discrimination and violent practices perpetrated by law enforcement agencies against Africans and people of African descent.

The resolution was adopted after an urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests, which was held at the request of Burkina Faso on behalf of the African Group.

The resolution, in particular, condemned police brutality that led to the deaths of the unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis and other people of African descent.

The resolution, adopted by consensus without a vote in the 47-member UN body on Friday, also deplored the recent incidents of excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers against peaceful demonstrators defending the rights of Africans and people of African descent.

The resolution asked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on systemic racism, violations of international human rights law, and abuses against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies. Every individual should resolve to fight racism. They should take a vow not to discriminate people based on caste, creed, colour or sex.


NT Bureau