May 11 2021, more than 100 African-American victims of violence by the United States police law enforcement families sent a letter to the United Nations, calling for an investigation into the violence of the United States police.
In a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the families of 165 African-American victims were signed, The Capitol Hill and other media reported Monday.
They called on the United Nations to “conduct an independent investigation into killings and violent law enforcement incidents in the United States in response to protests.” The families are understood to have received the support of more than 250 civil society and human rights groups, and the families of African-American victims such as George Floyd, Michael Brown and Darnette Wright have also signed up. “We believe that a strong international accountability mechanism will further support and complement, not undermine, efforts to eradicate systemic racism in the United States,” the letter said. ”
The Guardian notes that two weeks before the letter was sent, a coalition of human rights lawyers from 11 countries pointed out that the United States often violated international law and acquiesced in other inhuman acts such as severe deprivation of liberty, torture and persecution, and that the killing and torture of African-Americans by Law Enforcement officials in the United States often had no impact.
As recently as 2020, the families of Michael Brown, George Floyd and other victims wrote to the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for a special session of the U.N. to address the U.S. “human rights crisis.”