The family of George Floyd filed an appeal to the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for systemic racism and police brutality. A special session is currently being held, mainly because of the 54 African countries who called for a discussion on racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality against people of African descent, and violence toward peaceful protests. After the debate wraps up, the 47-member council will vote on whether to establish an independent inquiry into U.S. racism and police brutality.
Dozens of speakers lashed out at the United States, including several from the African Union group:
- The Central African Republic described George Floyd’s killing as “utterly unjustified.”
- Somalia called racism “more dangerous than COVID-19.”
- The Executive Director of UN Women, South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, urged an international outcry for the George Floyd situation, similar to that of Apartheid.
Africa’s involvement in this UN appeal is a perfect example of Pan-Africanism. With global Africa uniting politically and building coalitions with each other, a collective uplift will surely be on the horizon.
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Here’s a video of Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland:
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