Protest Updates : ACLU to U.N. to investigate on killings of Protesters
The families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate police brutality and suppression of protests in the United States.
“Mamie Till Mobley made a decision to open the casket of her son Emmett Till so the world could see the atrocities Black people faced in America. I want people across the world and the leaders in the United Nations to see the video of my brother George Floyd, to listen to his cry for help, and I want them to answer his cry,” said Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd. “I appeal to the United Nations to help him. Help me. Help us. Help Black men and women in America.”
Crump said in a statement that the US "has a long pattern and practice of depriving Black citizens of the fundamental human right to life."
He said he had sought the protection of the federal government on innumerable cases of police brutality against black people -- including Martin Lee Anderson in Florida, Michael Brown in Missouri and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky -- but that the government had failed to hold officers accountable, even in cases with irrefutable video evidence.
Over 600 rights groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Human Rights Network, are demanding the UNHRC swiftly convene a special session to investigate officer-involved deaths and repression of protests in the U.S.
The UNHRC is a United Nations body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world. The UNHRC has 47 members elected for staggered three-year terms.
“As communities in the United States call on their leaders to divest from policing and end structural racism, the United Nations must support these domestic demands by holding the United States accountable for its human rights violations,” Dakwar said.