Stop denying racism, start dismantling it,’ U.N. rights chief

The United Nation’ s Human right, Chief,Michelle Bachelet has charged nations to  “start dismantling racism” and prosecute law enforcers who kill people of black descent  unlawfully. Her comments come after George Floyd’s murderer, officer Derek Chauvin’s prison sentence stirs up controversies. 

She  noted  that continuous usage of racial profiling and excessive force by police officers have become more  entrenched in North America, Europe and Latin America.

“I am calling on all states to stop denying, and start dismantling, racism; to end impunity and build trust; to listen to the voices of people of African descent; and to confront past legacies and deliver redress,” the Human right Chief noted.

According to her  report, creating compensation and reparations programs for affected individuals would help mitigate the plights of families left behind. 

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The Human right Chief  indicated that ” systemic racism needs a systemic response,” adding that “there is today a momentous opportunity to achieve a turning point for racial equality and justice.”

Briefing the media at a press conference, the Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination, Mona Rishmawi, noted that “With the exception of the case of George Floyd, no one was held accountable,”

“One (Brazilian) mother in particular said to us ‘you always talk about George Floyd. Every day we have a George Floyd here and nobody talks about it. We realised that we were only touching the tip of the iceberg,” Mona Rishmawi emotionally stated. 

According to a UN human rights report,  an estimated 25-30 million Africans were enslaved during  colonial slave trade , leading to the formation of large communities of people of African descent in countries such as Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, France and the United States, the report said

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