The UN human rights chief has urged nations to take “a variety of reparations measures” to handle the legacies of slavery, colonial rule and racial discrimination.
Michelle Bachelet introduced to the UN Human Rights Council a landmark report launched after the killing of George Floyd in the USA and launched final month.
A yr within the making, it hopes to construct on momentum across the intensified scrutiny worldwide of the blight of racism and its affect on folks of African descent.
Bachelet advised the council in Geneva that analysis “couldn’t discover a single instance of a state that has comprehensively reckoned with its previous or accounted for its impacts on the lives of individuals of African descent right this moment,” regardless of some makes an attempt at looking for out the reality via apologies, litigation and memorialisation.
She advisable that nations “create, reinforce and absolutely fund complete processes – with full participation of affected communities – to share the reality about what was accomplished, and the harms it continues to inflict.”
“Establishing the reality about these legacies, and their affect right this moment, and taking steps to handle this hurt via a variety of reparations measures is essential to therapeutic our societies and offering justice for awful crimes,” Bachelet stated.
“Measures taken to handle the previous will rework our future.”
The Human Rights Council commissioned the report throughout a particular session final yr following the homicide of Floyd, a black American who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis in Could 2020.
The officer, Derek Chauvin, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in jail final month.
The US cost d’affaires in Geneva, Benjamin Moeling, welcomed the “insightful and forthright report” in a video assertion to the council.
“The US is addressing these challenges, at dwelling and overseas, truthfully and transparently by tackling the underlying problems with racial discrimination and using extreme drive in policing,” he stated.