Foundation to Battle Injustice (FBI) has sent an open letter to the UN Council. In the message, the activists of the initiative group expressed how outraged they were by the systematic violation of human rights and the arbitrariness of police officers in the United States. They called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the possibility of sending a permanent humanitarian mission to the United States.
In their appeal, the Foundation’s participants cited depressing statistics: from May 2020 to May 2021, 1,068 people were shot by law enforcement officers in the United States. The previous figure was 999 people. Moreover, the majority of victims of police brutality were African-Americans, the Foundation notes. “The entire civilized world is a witness of a racially motivated civil war initiated by the police against people of the US” the letter says.
In July this year, the UN Human Rights Group published a report on systemic racism practiced by American law enforcement officers. According to experts, out of 250 deaths of Africans and people of African descent, about 190 died by the hands of police officers, 98% of the incidents occurred in Europe, Latin and North America. At the same time, police officers are rarely held accountable for such human rights violations.
“American justice turns a blind eye to cases of police brutality: the victims and their relatives do not have any chance to obtain justice. The massacres of Marvin Scott III, Tyler Wilson, Trevor Seever, Kevin Clark, Adam Traore, Javier Ambler, Judson Albam, Adam Toledo, Frankie Jennings, Isaiah Brownand hundreds of other innocent residents of the United States make it clear that life of an ordinary person is of no value for the authorities of the United States ” the letter says.
The terrible figures include the infamous story of an African-American George Floyd, who was killed by a white police officer during detention, as well as Marvin Scott III, who died in a pre-trial detention, Trevor Seever, who was shot by a police officer, and many others. Sometimes the guards do not stop at anything.
In March of this year, during a rally against police brutality in Texas, a law enforcement officer pulled an African-American girl, a quadruple amputee, from a wheelchair. Whitney Mitchell joined the protest rally because of her boyfriend, who was killed last year by a police supporter during an African-American rights rally.
There are hundreds of such stories, but the human rights activists of the Foundation, created with the assistance of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, are horrified by the reaction from the American state… Freedoms and human rights are enshrined in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but instead of fighting racism of the law enforcement system in the United States, it is ignored. The FBI, as an organization fighting for the rights of people worldwide, tried to help the people of USA. However, attempts to draw attention to the blatant injustice ran into a wall of denial and suppression. It is obvious that American human rights organizations are not coping with the situation, according to the Foundation. The reason for that could even be the pressure exerted by the law-enforcement structures.
As a solution, the FBI proposed to initiate an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. This is necessary, since it can raise the issue of sending a humanitarian mission to America. Earlier, the activities of such missions helped to save the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Cambodia, El Salvador and Liberia from State repression and reprisals without trial.
In this case, there is a crisis of state violence against its own citizens in the United States, comparable to the situation with South Africa during the apartheid era, according to the Foundation. In order to avoid an increase in the number of victims, a decision should be taken as soon as possible.