U.N. Human Rights Chief: Reparations Are a Necessity

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet recently released a report that provided a glimpse of how Africans and people of African descendent were mistreated for centuries starting from slavery. The investigative reporting started after the killing of George Floyd last year by former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. 

The report highlights at least 190 deaths, mostly in the United States, to show how police officers weren’t being held accountable in killing unarmed Black people and people from African descendant. Additionally, it noted similar situations of abuse of power in other countries such as Belgium, Brazil, Britian, Canada, Colombia and France. 

“To build a more solid foundation for equality, we need to better understand the scope of systemic discrimination with the segregated data by ethnicity or race,” Bachelet said to the AFP News Agency. 

RELATED: House committee votes to advance bill to study reparations

“It’s very important that there is a trust, collaboration and cooperation. The more police or law enforcement uses the heavy hand, the trust is actually broken,” said Mona Rishmawi, who is the head of the law and equality branch at the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Money Talks. 

Bachelet, the ex-president of Chile, strongly suggests paying reparations as one of the initiatives to repair the injustices of the past. She has praised the Black Lives Matters movement and believes they should be compensated and supported for their effort.  

RELATED: Illinois city passes reparations for eligible Black residents

The goal of the report is for individuals and countries to acknowledge the wrongs of the past and to build a better future.  

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