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Friday, December 05, 2014

American human rights violations - Eric Garner and a litany of others

News media have reported about six unarmed Black men as ethnic martyrs resulting from law enforcement brutality. Yet, the truth be told, it's probable that dozens of victims of police-race violence are going unreported in the news.  Now, it appears as though the litany of these murders, committed against young Black men, are being evaluated by the United Nations as human rights violations.

A series of horrible racist incidents are alarming, but Americans must also realize how our nation's increasingly skewed election processes are also concerning. Gerrymandering and daunting voter identification processes, promulgated by Republican lawmakers, should raise international concern. Due to right wing American extremism led by the nation's Republicans are driving our nation backwards. Other international news media are covering US news.

BBCNews reports (although I haven't seen this on any US main stream media news....especially not on NBCNews, where coverage of the live performance of Peter Pan still makes the cut...go figure...)... here's real news coverage about our nation's racial embarrassment in spite of "liberty and justice for all":

United Nations human rights experts have expressed "legitimate concerns" about US juries failing to charge policemen involved in the deaths of two black civilians.

It is part of a broader "pattern of impunity" concerning minority victims, the UN said in a statement.

Thousands of people took to the streets in protest over the deaths of two black men at the hands of white police officers in recent months. Grand juries in Missouri and New York failed to charge either officer.

"I am concerned by the grand juries' decisions and the apparent conflicting evidence that exists relating to both incidents," UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsak, said in a statement.

A trial process would ensure the evidence is considered in detail, she said.

"The decisions leave many with legitimate concerns relating to a pattern of impunity when the victims of excessive use of force come from African-American or other minority communities."
 
Human rights expert Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, said the cases add to existing concerns.

She pointed to "longstanding prevalence of racial discrimination faced by African-Americans, particularly in relation to access to justice and discriminatory police practices".

The UN findings come amid ongoing protests over the death of Eric Garner, a black man held in an apparent choke-hold by a white New York police officer on Staten Island, New York.

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