The report outlines specific ways the United States needs to reckon with racism, including listening to the voices of Black people, acknowledging and confronting the legacy of racism and “ending impunity for human rights violations by law enforcement officials.”
Bachelet also issued her support for racial justice movements, including Black Lives Matter.
“The Black Lives Matter movement and other civil society groups led by people of African descent have provided grassroots leadership through listening to communities,” Bachelet said. “They are also providing people with the necessary agency and empowerment that enables them to claim their human rights. Such efforts should receive funding, public recognition and support.”
The UN human rights chief also encouraged the US to translate the report into “action plans and concrete measures.” The report also admonishes systemic racism around the world, not just in the US.
Attorney Ben Crump
, who has represented the families of many victims of police violence
, including Floyd
, backed the Bachelet’s report
“Systemic racism extends far beyond U.S. borders and is a plague that threatens the lives and wellbeing of Black people on every continent,” he said in a statement on Monday. “It is a significant first step for the United Nations to acknowledge global fault in police accountability for brutality against Black citizens and emphasize the importance of correcting it. We hope that the Biden administration and Congress will work with us and the United Nations to create the systemic change our country needs.”