The United Nations Human Rights Council has called for global action to “make amends” for racism against persons of African descent, including reparations. To address discrimination, it also calls for educational reform and apologies.
Concerns were raised in nearly 60 nations, including the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Canada, Brazil, and Colombia, according to the data. The investigation began in 2020, following the unarmed black man George Floyd’s death in police custody in the United States. Protests over the killing of a Minnesota man and the conviction of a white police officer were a “seminal point in the fight against racism,” according to the findings.
Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on “all states to stop denying – and start demolishing – racism” and to “listen to the voices of people of African heritage” in a statement released on Monday.
The UN report, which is based on consultations with more than 300 experts and people of African origin, aims to persuade countries to take steps to address racial injustice.
It discovered that racial profiling and disproportionate force by police officers were widespread across much of North America, Europe, and Latin America. According to the report, racism was the most serious issue in countries where many millions of Africans were enslaved.
According to the conclusions, countries should “make amends for centuries of violence and discrimination… including through formal acknowledgment and apologies, truth-telling processes, and reparations in various forms” in order to achieve racial justice.
It applauds Black Lives Matter and urges it to “get financing, public attention, and support.”
Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has argued that reparations must encompass more than simply monetary compensation to avert future injustices. Ms. Bachelet praised US President Joe Biden’s “promising proposal” to address the racial disparity, which aims to level the playing field by treating racial groups differently based on perceived need.