Shortly after the UN called for urgent debates on racism and police brutality, it has now passed an Anti-racism resolution. This comes after the world observed a row of controversial regarding racism and its forms.
Call For Debates
UNHRC recently held a discussion forum in which it called for urgent debates on racism and police brutality. Burkino Faso, when held the centre stage, put forward a request to initiate debates on these themes. It highlighted the issue of violence against the community and said George Floyd’s incident wasn’t an isolated one. Moreover, it demanded police reforms as a way to improve the administration’s take on this.
The 47 member body moved the resolution, which was a result of the constant efforts by the African Countries in the UNHRC. The language of the resolution remained a point of contention for days. A text proposed earlier this week called for investigations into violence against people of African descent in America. People supporting this investigation included George Floyd’s brother.
To unanimously commission a report on systematic racism, is the first step towards change, the human rights body feels. Recently, a request for an international probe was struck down. The resolution does not target the United States as the centre for effective control. The target institutions are wide and spread across the world, some say.
Voices From The African Countries
Leopold Ismael Samba, Ambassador of Central African countries expressed how the current situation is pitiful even 72 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights. Among the co=sponsors of the resolution were Palestine and Iran while condemning the discrimination against the community. Also, Burkino Faso that initiated the resolution said the amendments will ensure maximum consensus.
Countries like Iran are often cornered because of their disregard for human rights but the council allows it to be a sponsor. Resolutions like these prove to be guidelines for further reforms.