Mike Pompeo Criticizes UN Report On Racism And Police

Frankfurt – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said on Saturday that the decision of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to order a report on police and race amid international protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis confirms the decision of the Donald Trump administration to withdraw from the highest human rights body in 2018.

The council agreed in Geneva on Friday to commission a report on systemic racism and discrimination against black people, though it did not order a more specific investigation into the United States. Floyd, a black man, died in handcuffs in late May when a white police officer rested his knee on his neck for several minutes.

In response to the announcement, Pompeo described the council as “a haven for dictators and the democracies that tolerate them” and said the body should focus its attention elsewhere.


“If the council were serious about protecting human rights, there are numerous legitimate needs for its attention, such as systemic racial disparities in places like Cuba, China and Iran,” Pompeo said in a statement on Saturday.

Relatives of Floyd, families of other victims of police violence in the United States, and hundreds of activism groups asked the council to address the issue.

The Human Rights Council approved a consensus resolution after several days of debate on its wording after African countries abandoned their initial request for a commission of inquiry, the council’s most intrusive form of scrutiny, focused more on the United States.

Instead, the resolution mentions historical racism in the United States, but calls only for a more general report to be produced by the office of the UN chief of human rights and independent experts.

The goal is to “contribute to liability and redress for victims” in the United States and elsewhere, the resolution says.



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