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Statement on Police Violence Delivered During General Debate at 46th Human Rights Council Regular SessionMar 29, 2021
In partnership with several key organizations including Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), this statement was delivered during the General Debate at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, under agenda Item: 9 - racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. The recording can be viewed here.
Crista Noel, of USHRN member organization Women's All Point Bulletin (WAPB), delivered this statement during the General Debate at the UN Human Rights Council. The debate started with the presentation of the High Commissioner and was followed by state delegates and civil society. The full text is below, and available for download here.
The OHCHR is due to present the final report during the next session of the Council in June 2021. Please stay tuned for additional advocacy leading up to these events.
Item 9 – General Debate
Speaker: Crista Eje Noel
During the throes of the Covid 19 pandemic over 30 American organizations held the first IACHR regional hearing on structural racism and police violence
We testified to the common threads of state sanctioned violence against African people perpetrated across our continents by police including the disproportionate murders and assaults committed with impunity
We did not falter when we recalled the horrors of white men preying on Black women’s bodies
Police violence in the cities with an overwhelming presence of African people like Chicago, Bogotá, and Río de Janeiro, reveal systemic racial bias manifested in terrorizing raids, surveillance and unwarranted mass incarceration.
Still, countries refuse to acknowledged the statistical proof of disproportionate racial discrimination driving socioeconomic gaps.
Because we are still confronted with the fierce urgency of now 400 years later, we must courageously break the silence and end the legacy of colonialism, trans-Atlantic slavery and concepts of race while addressing the dehumanization of African people worldwide.
We end with a call to the IACHR, OHCHR and HRC to assist us as we demand transformative measures to dismantle racist ideology and end State sanctioned violence against people of African descent.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)
Conectas Direitos Humanos
Global Human Rights Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
ILEX Acción Jurídica
US Human Rights Network
Women’s All Points Bulletin (WAPB)
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