Sunday, September 6, 2020
The UN Human Rights Council will hold its 45th session from September 14 through October 6, 2020, in Geneva.
US activists will be particularly attuned to the discussions of systemic racism and human rights violations in the United States. During the meeting, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will present her first oral update to the Council on the preparation of her report on systemic racism and police brutality, especially those incidents that resulted in the death of George Floyd and of other Africans and people of African descent, as well as government responses to anti-racism peaceful protests. The item is #16 on the HRC agenda. An overview of the HRC session is available here. The meeting will be broadcast on UN Web TV.
Nearly 150 families of victims of police violence and over 360 civil society organisations endorsed a letter sent on August 3 to the UN High Commissioner, detailing expectations from the report and the process for its preparation, including an “inclusive outreach to communities of color and the creation of meaningful, safe, and accessible opportunities for consultation.” On August 19, 2020, the High Commissioner responded to the letter, here.