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The UN Human Rights Council will deal with racism and police brutality in the United States in an extraordinary session

June 16, 2020

The United Nations Human Rights Council has agreed to hold an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, at the request of the African faction, to combat racism, police brutality and violence against demonstrators in the United States following the death of Afro-American George Floyd police in Minneapolis.

“The tragic May 25 events in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd led to worldwide protests against the injustice and police brutality that people of African descent face in many regions of the world on a daily basis.” said Burkina Faso’s permanent representative at the United Nations Office, Dieudonné W. Désiré Sougouri.

“Unfortunately, the death of George Floyd is not an isolated case,” said Désiré Sougouri, noting that Afro descendants “face the same fate because of their origins and because of police violence.”

The UN Human Rights Council will deal with racism and police brutality in the United States in an extraordinary sessionThe UN Human Rights Council will deal with racism and police brutality in the United States in an extraordinary session

According to the Burkinabe representative, it is “inconceivable” that the UN Human Rights Council, which met for the first time this Monday after three months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, will not address the issue in question.