"People have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment," Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai wrote in a report
A United Nations human rights experts has warned that racism threatens Americans’ basic civil rights.
“African-Americans are subjected to systematic police harassment — and sometimes much worse — often for doing nothing more than walking down the street or gathering in a group,” wrote Maina Kiai, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, after a recent trip to the U.S.
“People have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment,” he said. “And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most.”
Kiai, a lawyer and human rights activist from Kenya, took a 17-day trip to the U.S., from July 11 to 27.
He published a detailed, 6,500-word summary of his experience, which warns of extreme “racial, social and economic inequality, which are often intertwined.” It also shows how harsh, police state-like conditions in the U.S. are threatening the basic rights of Americans, particularly Americans of color.
The report was mostly ignored by the U.S. media.
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