The death of African-American George Floyd on May 25 has rekindled the controversy surrounding racism and police violence against blacks around the world, particularly in the United States. It is in this context that several African countries have asked the United Nations to organize an urgent meeting to discuss these issues. This Monday, May 15, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC ) agreed to hold an urgent debate on racism and police violence.
According to the president of the CDH, the Austrian Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, these questions will be examined this Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. GMT). As a reminder, this is the fifth time that the Human Rights Council has organized an urgent debate since its creation in 2006. The most recent was organized in 2018 and examined the situation of Human Rights. Man in eastern Ghouta in Syria.
A request unanimously accepted by the 47 member countries of the HRC
Friday, the ambassador of Burkina Faso to the United Nations in Geneva (Switzerland), Dieudonné Désiré Sougouri, had asked the CDH to organize an “urgent debate on the current human rights violations of racial inspiration, racism systemic, police brutality against people of African descent and violence against peaceful demonstrations.
A request he made via a letter addressed on behalf of the representatives and ambassadors of the 54 African countries of which he is the coordinator. In this missive he also spoke of the tragic events of May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis in the United States at the origin of the death of George Floyd. Before indicating that “The death of George Floyd is unfortunately not an isolated incident” .
” After the unanimous and general indignation raised by this situation, it would be inconceivable that the Human Rights Council does not take up this topical issue in accordance with its mandate, ” he said. Next Wednesday, these questions will be at the heart of the discussions.
According to the latest information, all 47 member countries of the body acceded to the request after the resumption of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.
A session that had been interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. This urgent debate will serve as a framework for the adoption of resolutions against racism and police violence