News ID: 117788
Published: 1023 GMT May 11, 2015

Analyst: UN review of US rights records ‘won’t change racism’

Analyst: UN review of US rights records ‘won’t change racism’

A UN periodic review of US human rights records would not change the systematic violation of African-Americans’ rights in the United States, a political commentator said.


Randy Short, a human rights activist in Washington, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on a review of the US human rights records at a half-day debate before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

“I have little, little, little hope that it would change,” he said. “We’ll see more people killed, more people jailed.”

“The United States, let’s say the Anglo-American elite, are racist. They are arrogant and they have a concept of American exceptionalism. It means that they are above international law in terms of how they treat foreign nations, in particular the African-American minority group,” said the activist.

He went on to say that the Obama administration has “denied human rights problems in the United States, which echoes what [former] president [George W.] Bush did before.”

“The United States has systematically violated its agreement to uphold the convention for elimination of all forms of race discrimination and also has refused to sign other conventions which would do something to improve its human rights situation," said Short.

He stated that, "as much as the United States is a failed human rights state, within the last few months, United Nations observers were not allowed to investigate human rights violations against African-Americans and others who are in prisons.”

US ambassador to Human Rights Council Keith Harper and acting US legal advisor Mary McLeod are expected to face a range of questions at the so-called Universal Periodic Review on Monday.

The debate which occurs every four years in Geneva is likely to focus on a number of high-profile incidents of white police officers killing unarmed African-American men.

The incidents sparked large-scale protests across the US over the last year.

The recent unrest in Baltimore over the death of young black man Freddie Gray was the most violent in the country since the protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old who was shot last year.

Resource: Press TV
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