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Published: 10:42, March 09, 2022
UN rights chief concerned over killings of Black people in US
By Xinhua
Published:10:42, March 09, 2022 By Xinhua

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech at the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council on Feb 28, 2022 in Geneva. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

GENEVA - People of African descent die at the hands of law enforcement in disproportionately large numbers in many countries, especially in the United States, a United Nations human rights official said on Tuesday.

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in her annual report to the ongoing 49th session of the Human Rights Council that in the United States, civil society groups have advanced a figure of 266 killings of people of African descent by the police in 2021.

The UN Human Rights Council has in recent years received reports indicating that racial disparities persisted throughout the US criminal justice system

This indicates that they are "almost three times more likely to be killed by police than white people", Bachelet said, adding that "other research suggests the figure could be even higher."

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"I urge national authorities -- in all regions of the world -- to ensure prompt and effective accountability for deaths at the hands of law enforcement," she said.

The UN Human Rights Council has in recent years received reports indicating that racial disparities persisted throughout the US criminal justice system.

For instance, George Floyd, an African American, died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes in May 2020, which soon triggered protests against racism and police brutality across the US and even the world.

"Black lives do not matter in the United States of America," said George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, addressing an urgent debate held by the UN Human Rights Council shortly after George Floyd's death. 

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