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African nations seek U.N. inquiry into U.S. racism, 'police brutality'


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GENEVA (Reuters) - African countries are lobbying to set up a U.N. inquiry into “systemic racism” and “police brutality” in the United States and elsewhere, aiming to defend the rights of people of African descent, a draft resolution seen by Reuters shows. It will be considered at an urgent debate of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday.


The United States quit the Council two years ago alleging bias against its ally Israel.


The Council agreed to convene at the request of Burkina Faso on behalf of African countries after the death last month of George Floyd, an African American, in police custody in Minneapolis, which ignited protests worldwide.



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