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UN rights body to examine ‘systemic’ US racism and police brutality

Geneva The top UN human rights body will hold an urgent debate on Wednesday over allegations of “systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests” in the United States, a statement said.

The decision by the UN Human Rights Council followed a request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of African countries, it said in a statement on Monday.

The funeral of George Floyd in Houston, Texas.

The funeral of George Floyd in Houston, Texas.Credit:AP

The United States is not a member of the 47-member state forum in Geneva, having quit it two years ago alleging bias against its ally Israel.

“The death of George Floyd is unfortunately not an isolated incident,” said the African group’s letter, which was made public by the United Nations.

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