UN calls for end of ‘impunity’ for police violence against black people

UN calls for end of ‘impunity’ for police violence against black people
Source: PA
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Dialy US Times: A United Nations report that analysed racial justice in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder has called on member states including the United Kingdom to end the “impunity” enjoyed by police officers who violate the human rights of black people.

The UN human rights office analysis of 190 deaths around the world led to the report’s damning conclusion that police and other law enforcement officers are rarely held accountable for killing black people due in part to deficient investigations and an unwillingness to acknowledge the impact of structural racism.

The 23-page global report features seven examples of deaths involving police, including the case of Kevin Clarke, who died after being restrained by officers in London in 2018.

A jury at Clarke’s inquest, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2002, found the police’s inappropriate use of restraints contributed to his death.

Other case studies include João Pedro Matos Pinto and Luana Barbosa dos Reis Santos in Brazil; Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in the US; Adama Traoré in France and Janner García Palomino in Colombia.

In June 2020, the UN human rights 0ffice was tasked to produce a comprehensive report on systemic racism against black people.

The report investigated violations of international human rights law by law enforcement officers, government responses to anti-racism peaceful protests, as well as redress and accountability for victims. The report was led by Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile and the UN high commissioner for human rights.

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