The brutal murder and ongoing atrocities perpetrated against African Americans and other marginalised communities of colour in the United States of America by police are alarming. The subsequent response unleashed through massive protest movements across the country are clear evidences of frustration which became the catalyst around which the American public galvanised to pour out their outrage against social inequality, police brutality, and racism. These were some of the observations made by the General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), Dr Mathews George Chunakara in a statement released today.
Condemning the police brutality and murders of two African Americans, George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, USA as well as the destructive acts of protesters in different parts of the country, the CCA General Secretary said, “Economic oppression and political repression have no place in a democracy. Such virulent bigotry is contrary to any sense of human decency. To solve a problem, we must first recognise that a problem exists.”
“Those who strike against people because of their colour are striking against God who created all human beings in the image of God. We need to recognise the divine presence in each and every one God created and respect their dignity and integrity regardless of colour, ethnicity, national origin, or social status,” the statement continued.
Welcoming the decision of the United Nation’s top human rights body to hold an urgent debate on allegations of “systemic racism, police brutality, and violence against peaceful protests” in the US on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, Dr Mathews George Chunakara added that this disorienting dilemma is a teaching moment for all those who are concerned of humanity.
According to UN News, more than 600 rights groups called for an investigation into police violence after George Floyd’s death. And as anti-racism protests have emerged around the world, U. N Human Rights Council President, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, stressed that the issue is universal.
As demonstrations spread all over the world, this is a topic that is not about just one country, it goes well beyond that, the President of UNHRC said, as UN News reported.
The debate on racism and police brutality will be live-streamed on the U.N.’s website.