With over one thousand police killings in the United States alone and amid mass protests calling for racial justice following the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) joined families of victims of police violence in signing on to an August 3rd letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. The letter makes several recommendations to strengthen Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/43/L.50), which seeks to protect Africans and people of African descent against the use of excessive force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers.
Although the resolution had been significantly weakened by United States- led opposition, the signatories consider the urgent debate on it at the Council a “crucial first step towards full accountability for systematic police violence against Black people in the United States and more generally against people of African descent around the world.”
Read the letter here.
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