US must face racial issues, says UN human rights chief

The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights urged US leaders to unequivocally condemn racism and “reflect on what has driven people to boiling point.”

Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, outside of the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. (Photo: AP)

The UN’s top human rights official called for grievances to be heard on “endemic and structural racism” at the heart of the protests in the United States.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, says addressing those grievances is necessary for the US to “move on from its tragic history of racism and violence.”

While calling for protesters to express their views peacefully, Michelle Bachelet also urged US leaders to unequivocally condemn racism and “reflect on what has driven people to boiling point.”

Michelle Bachelet’s office also cited “at least 200 reported incidents of journalists covering the protests being physically attacked, intimidated or arbitrarily arrested, despite their press credentials being clearly visible”

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