UN Human Rights Chief Urges Governments to Do More to Eradicate Systemic Racism

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The UN’s human rights head is urging governments to do more to eradicate discrimination, violence, and systematic racism against people of African origin throughout the world and to “make apologies,” including through reparations The Hill reported citing the Associate Press.

According to the Associated Press, a landmark report sponsored by Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, calls for compensation and intensified measures to eradicate prejudice.

It was sparked by the death of George Floyd, who was murdered in May 2020 when former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt for more than nine minutes on his neck. Last Monday, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in jail for Floyd’s murder.

The AP reported that the research focuses on the causes of abuse that Africans and people of African ancestry have endured for centuries, particularly as a result of the transatlantic slave trade.

According to the Associated Press, it aimed to find a “transformative” way to discuss the current impact of Africans’ mistreatment and to speed up countries’ efforts to end racial injustice, end impunity for police rights violations, ensure that individuals who denounce racial injustice are heard, and “confront past legacies and deliver redress,” Bachelet said.

She supported reparations but said the payments were insufficient, noting that they would be part of a package of actions to help rectify or compensate for decades of injustice.

The study aims to focus on the international momentum generated by a year of greater examination of racism and its impact on people of African ancestry, notably after a number of unarmed Black people were slain in the United States and elsewhere, according to AP.

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