Sunday, 31st May, 2020
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue criticizes the International Organizations Silence towards Racism Crimes in USA
Following the death of the American citizen George Floyd and assaulting CNN reporter, in its statement, the Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue criticizes the silence of American international human rights organizations towards the increasing racism incidents against Americans with African origins in USA.
There are no condemnation statement issued against the crime of the American police officer, Derek Chauvin who was seen in video taken by.one passerby as Chauvin pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck (46 years old) until he died of suffocation. On the other hand, the American authorities charged him with third degree murder and manslaughter.
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue says that the absence of human rights organizations from this scene of burning demonstrations in USA protesting the increasing racism crimes against Americans with African origins is a situation which reveals the double standards according to which these organizations are dealing with human rights conditions all over the world. The American organizations deal with different logic than that it deals with other countries especially in Middle East countries as it is clear that USA is only concerned with certain countries and gets information about them from anonymous sources and using them in issuing condemnation reports and statements. In addition, these organization have totally ignored a documented incident of racial discrimination occurred in front of all the world in USA of killing an American citizen by a police officer in addition to arresting CNN reporter during covering the demonstrations in Minneapolis in Minnesota although he showed his identity to the security officers. All of this was broadcasted with high levels of monitoring and documentation according to the mechanisms of the United Nations, yet the international organizations did not issue any condemnations statements for these two incidents and kept silent.
The forum also points out that this assault incident against George Floyd in not the first one in the series of racism crimes against Americans with African or Latin origins in USA where racism is prevailed and totally ignored by these organizations, the action which is criminalized in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights… Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin”. Besides, the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination adopted on 20th November 1963 (the decision of the UN General Assembly 1904 (18 – D) officially assures the necessity of rapid elimination of all forms of racial discrimination all over the world and the necessity of guarantee understanding and respect of human dignity.
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue calls the American police for necessary self-control in dealing with demonstrators and that the American government should combat the crimes of racism which committed systematically against Americans with African origins.
Also, the forum calls the UN special rapporteurs of combating racism and freedom of expression for investigating the death of George Floyd and the arrest of CNN reporter.