The Byden administration has invited UN experts on racism and human rights to the United States to tackle domestic racial justice and equality.
“Responsible countries should not diminish from scrutiny of human rights records, but rather admit it with the intention of improving,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. In a statement released late Tuesday.
“I urge all UN member states to participate in this effort and confront the tragedy of racism, racism and alien exclusion, because all people, regardless of race or race. We are free to reach our full potential, and our collective security is strengthened. “
In a statement, Blinken said the State Department had made an official visit by contacting the UN Special Rapporteur on modern forms of racial discrimination and the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues. Invitations to other UN experts to “report and advise on thematic human rights issues” will be coming soon.
Blinken also used a statement, Adoption of UN Human Rights Council resolution on Tuesday It requires action to combat systematic racism against Africans and Africans in the context of law enforcement.
Invitations come at a crucial time in the issue of racial justice in the United States. The killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by police in Minneapolis in May 2020 triggered national protests against police atrocities and racism, calling for legal and government action.
Signed by both Special Rapporteurs invited to the United States in light of protests Statement of the United Nations Human Rights Council Last year, he called for “restorative interventions for historical and contemporary racial justice” around the world.
“One reason why it is important to look across US borders in the face of seismic change demands in terms of racial justice is that international human rights norms are better than those currently in place. This country needs and provides a foundation. ” E. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on Modern Racism, said: In last year’s statement.
Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council and are usually responsible for editing information on their respective human rights issues, visiting different countries and submitting reports to the United Nations. ..
The Department of State did not provide additional details regarding the Special Rapporteur’s visit and did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
This invitation is in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s disdain for the UN’s approach to human rights issues, especially after the former president. Withdrew the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018..
President Joe Biden I joined again earlier this year, And making the fight against racial injustice an important part of his 2020 campaign.
“As the President has repeatedly revealed, great nations like us do not hide from our shortcomings. They openly acknowledge them and strive to improve with transparency,” Blinken said. It was.
“By doing so, we not only set the standard for national response to these challenges, but also strengthen democracy and give human rights advocates around the world new hope and motivation.”