‘Systemic racism needs systemic response’

    Racism against people of African descent remains systematic in many parts of the world, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said yesterday, urging states to end discrimination and prosecute law enforcement officials for murder.

    Michelle Bachelet, in a global report sparked by the assassination of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020, said police use of racial profiling and excessive violence has become entrenched in much of North America, Europe and Latin America. .

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    Structural racism creates obstacles for minorities’ access to jobs, health care, housing, education and justice, he said.

    “I urge all states to stop denying and to start dismantling racism, ending impunity and building trust, listening to the voices of people of African descent and confronting the legacies of the past and making amends,” he told exhibition. to the Human Rights Council.

    Bachelet hailed a “promising initiative” by US President Joe Biden during the signing of an executive order in January to address racial inequality in the United States.

    Her report reported 190 deaths of Africans and people of African descent around the world at the hands of law enforcement officials who are “rarely accountable”.

    “Racism and racial discrimination against Africans and people of African descent are often based on policies and practices based on the degradation of the status of individuals in society,” the report said. The scourge is more prevalent in countries with a legacy of slavery, he added.

    “Systemic racism needs a systematic response,” Bachelet said. “Today is an important opportunity to reach a turning point in racial equality and justice.”

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