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Urgent Sign-On: Calling for a Human Rights Council Special Session on Police Violence

Jun 3, 2020

Please join the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Michael Brown, who have endorsed this letter calling on the Human Rights Council to convene a Special Session on the grave human rights crisis born out of the repression of nationwide protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

The letter urges members of the U.N. Human Rights Council to mandate an independent inquiry into: 

• the recent history of racist policing in cities across the country that continues with seeming impunity from the killing of Michael Brown and the repression of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, to the murder of George Floyd.

• allegations of excessive use of force against peaceful protesters and journalists in the demonstrations in U.S. cities since the murder of George Floyd. 

Thank you to Quincy Mason and Philonise Floyd, son and brother of George Floyd; Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor; and Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, who have endorsed this letter. We stand with you in the fight for justice. A special thanks to the legal team representing the family of George Floyd.

We thank our partner Gay McDougall, human rights lawyer and former member of the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, for her support and guidance in drafting this letter.

Sign-on and view the letter at this link:
The deadline to sign-on is tomorrow: June 4, at 6:00 pm EST.

If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact us at and Cc our partner ACLU Human Rights Program Director Jamil Dakwar at

Thank you for your support.

In solidarity, 

US Human Rights Network 
American Civil Liberties Union