United Nations spokeswoman issues warning to the United States
On Friday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) warned the United States against using excessive force towards demonstrators and the media as federal officers are deployed across the country. The UNHRC plans to issue guidelines for how the US should approach civil unrest.
“Spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell was answering a reporter’s question about the US authorities deploying federal security officers to various cities to quell demonstrations against racial injustice, sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, while in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May,” read a statement issued by the UNHRC.
“Peaceful demonstrations that have been taking place in cities in the US, such as Portland, really must be able to continue without those participating in them – and also, the people reporting on them, the journalists – risking arbitrary arrest or detention, being subject to unnecessary, disproportionate or discriminatory use of force, or suffering other violations of their rights,” said Throssell.
Thus far, there have been no reports of journalists being detained by federal authorities, but there are multiple reports of journalists being attacked by “peaceful” demonstrators. Last week, American Wire reported that two groups claiming to be protest organizers had admitted that they intended to use violence and that their objective was a “revolution.”
The UNHRC also announced that it would be issuing guidance for the US with regards to how to handle the rioting:
“The Committee will issue a general comment, or guidance, on 29 July, covering issues that include both physical and online protests, public order, and the work of the media,” said Throssell.
The UN issuing guidelines on how to treat “online protests” may be of interest to conservatives who believe that they have been unfairly targeted for censorship because of their political beliefs by social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google.
Historically, critics of the UNHRC have pointed out that some member nations have poor records on human rights and are thus unfit to judge other nations’ human rights records, particularly that of the US.
Some current member nations of the UNHRC, which voted in favor of issuing guidance for how the US should treat protestors, include nations such as Libya, Sudan, and Venezuela. The human rights records of those nations feed the critics’ narrative that criticism of the US is born of global anti-Americanism than actual concern over human rights in the US.
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