The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Friday released a report on the promotion of human rights for Africans and people of African descent and suggested a comprehensive approach to dismantle systems that perpetuate racism across all aspects of life. Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif commented that many initiatives thusfar have been “piecemeal” and states must be more proactive in ending systemic racism.
The report details patterns of discriminatory treatment, excessive force by law enforcement, unlawful deportations and disproportionate numbers of people of African descent in prison systems worldwide. The report particulary focuses on seven cases of police-related fatalities including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the United States, Kevin Clarke in the United Kingdom, Luana Barbosa dos Reis Santos in Brazil, Adama Traoré in France and Janner (Hanner) García Palomino in Colombia.
The report contains a four-point agenda to help advance the end to systemic racism and hold those who violate human rights accountable for their actions. The agenda directs member states to (1) reverse cultures of denial, dismantle systemic racism and accelerate the pace of action; (2) end impunity for human rights violations by law enforcement violations and close trust deficits; (3) ensure that the voices of people of African descent and those who stand up against racism are heard and that their concerns are acted upon; and (4) confront legacies, including through accountability and redress.
Al-Nashif will present the report to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.