UN rights council orders global racism probe

The United Nations Human Rights Council orders an independent investigation into racially fueled police violence around the world.

In a resolution brought by a group of African countries, the council harshly condemns “continuing racially discriminatory and violent practices perpetrated by many law enforcement officials against Africans and people of African descent.”

The text, which was adopted without a vote, decries “systemic racism in the law enforcement and criminal justice systems” and the need to bring offenders to justice. It orders the creation of an “international independent expert mechanism” to “advance racial justice and equality in the context of law enforcement in all parts of the world.”

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