Implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 43/1
On 17 June 2020, the UN Human Rights Council held an urgent debate on “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests”. On 19 June 2020, the Human Rights Council adopted by consensus resolution 43/1.
As requested by the resolution, on 1 October 2020, the High Commissioner presented her first oral update to the Human Rights Council at its 45th session.
The resolution requests the High Commissioner to:
- Prepare a comprehensive report, with the assistance of relevant special procedure mandate holders, on “systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, especially those incidents that resulted in the death of George Floyd and other Africans and of people of African descent, to contribute to accountability and redress for victims”. The report will be presented to the Council at its forty-seventh session taking place in June 2021, to be followed by an interactive dialogue.
- Examine “government responses to anti-racism peaceful protests, including the alleged use of excessive force against protesters, bystanders and journalists”.
- Provide an oral update on the preparation of the report to the Human Rights Council at its forty-fifth and forty-sixth sessions, at the September 2020 and March 2021 sessions of the Human Rights Council.
- Include updates on “police brutality against Africans and people of African descent” in all of her oral updates to the Council.
The High Commissioner established a dedicated team to work towards the effective implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 43/1. In the preparation of the report, the Office will adhere strictly to the principles of independence, impartiality and objectivity, in accordance with our established methodology.
OHCHR is seeking the views of member States, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, UN entities, and other key stakeholders in response to a Call for Submissions. All stakeholders are requested to reply in writing to the call by 4 December 2020. Please note that unless otherwise indicated, all submissions received through the call for submissions will be posted in full and as received on OHCHR’s public website.
The voices of people of African descent who are victims of human rights violations and their families will be central to the work, which will also include consultations with relevant experts, civil society representatives, and community members and groups. As called for by the Human Rights Council resolution, the Office will also engage with relevant Special Procedures mandate holders.
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Human Rights Council Resolution 43/1
Statements and Media releases
1 October 2020
Oral update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on A/HRC/RES/43/1
Webcast: Oral update followed by general debate
17 June 2020
Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Urgent Debate
17 June 2020
Human Rights Council holds an urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests
3 June 2020
US protests: Deep-seated grievances must be addressed - Bachelet
28 May 2020
UN Human Rights Chief urges “serious action” to halt US police killings of unarmed African Americans