Wednesday, March 3, 2021
23 UN Human Rights Experts Issue Statement on Policing and Systemic Racism in the US
On Friday February 26, 2021, 23 UN human rights experts issued a very strong statement on policing and systemic racism in the United States. The statement calls out police use of excessive force against protesters, highlighting the Philadelphia Police Department’s violent crackdown on Black Lives Matter protesters last June. The statement is also the first time international human rights experts have echoed the Black Lives Matter Movement and allied groups in calling to shift resources from police departments to social and economic resources to support communities of color.
This is also very significant because the last time the UN addressed the issue there was outrage after the UN Human Rights Council watered down a resolution on police brutality and racism after George Floyd's murder, removing the language condemning the US and calling for an investigation.
This statement would not have been possible but for the incredible advocacy of Professors Rachel Lopez and Lauren Katz Smith and their students at Drexel's Kline School of Law, as well as the ACLU of Pennsylvania.
March 3, 2021 in Advocacy, Community Advocacy, Discrimination, Global Human Rights, Lauren Bartlett, United Nations | Permalink | Comments (0)
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September 16, 2019 in Community Advocacy, Margaret Drew, Prisons | Permalink | Comments (0)