A call for global action, including that of reparations to “make amends” of racism against people of African descent, was given by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in a new report.
The new UNHRC report also urged governments to impose reforms in education and to apologize for addressing discrimination.
The findings of the report were arrived at by assessing the concerns in about 60 countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Canada, Brazil and Colombia and the study was initiated after the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in US police custody in 2020.
The report noted that the protests globally over the Minnesota man’s death and the conviction of a white policeman for his murder were a “seminal point in the fight against racism”.
The UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet called “on all states to stop denying – and start dismantling – racism” and to “listen to the voices of people of African descent” in a statement on Monday.
The UN has prepared the report after talking to more than 300 experts and people of African descent and aims to push countries to take actions to end racial injustices. In its conclusions the report found that the use of racial profiling and excessive force by police was systemic in most parts of North America, Europe and Latin America.
In countries that were associated with the former trade of many millions of Africans for slavery, the biggest problem was racism, the report said.
Countries should “make amends for centuries of violence and discrimination… including through formal acknowledgment and apologies, truth-telling processes, and reparations in various forms” so that racial justice is achieved kin the world, the findings of the report concluded.
While praising the movement Black Lives Matter, the report says that the group should “receive funding, public recognition and support”.
Reparations for racism should not only be financial in nature but also comprise of other “guarantees” to prevent future injustices, said Bachelet, which is also a former president of Chile.
“States must show stronger political will to accelerate action for racial justice, redress and equality through specific, time-bound commitments to achieve results. This will involve reimagining policing, and reforming the criminal justice system, which have consistently produced discriminatory outcomes for people of African descent,” she said.
An effort by the United States President Joe Biden for addressing racial inequity which includes efforts to level the playing field through differential treatment of racial groups on the basis of perceived need was also welcomed by Bachelet.
(Adapted form BBC.com)