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Urgent sign-on: UN report must be meaningful for Black people in the US

Jul 23, 2020

UPDATE, July 27, 2020:

Thanks to Mothers Against Police Brutality, 96 family members of victims of police violence have endorsed the letter so far. To give more families and groups an opportunity to sign the letter, we have decided to extend the deadline to sign-on until next Monday August 3, by 10:00AM EST.

If you wish to sign-on, please fill out this form, which now includes a Spanish translation. If you have already endorsed the letter, we thank you and ask that you consider sharing it with your networks.

Thank you for your support,

US Human Rights Network & American Civil Liberties Union


One month after the historic urgent debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the topic of racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests, we need your support for a sign-on letter to High Commissioner Bachelet. 

When Philonise Floyd provided his moving testimony at the Urgent Debate last month, it marked the first time that a victim’s family member opened a debate at the Human Rights Council. The Resolution that passed as a result of the debate called for the High Commissioner for Human Rights to produce a report on “systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies.” We have worked with our partners at the ACLU to draft an important letter to Commissioner Bachelet calling on the report to be meaningful and contribute to true accountability. Read the full letter here, and see the letter’s key demands below:

  1. Center the lived experiences of Black people, and provide safe and accessible opportunities for consultation
  2. Examine individual cases of extrajudicial killings of Black people and impunity for police violence, including but not limited to the murder of George Floyd
  3. Examine the history of racist policing in the United States in order to make recommendations that work towards dismantling structural racism
  4. Allocate sufficient resources, including financial resources, towards this effort
  5. Hold public hearings on the use of excessive force against protesters, bystanders and journalists in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests

The deadline for sign-on is Monday, July 27 at 10:00AM EST. Sign-on is open to organizations only. We plan to deliver the final letter with signatories to the High Commissioner on Monday, July 27. 

Thank you for your continued support and contribution to this important effort in demanding human rights for Black people in the United States.