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* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record
* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”
* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination
* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America
GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.
"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.
Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.
"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.
"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."
The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.
U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.
Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.
"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS
In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.
Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.
The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.
"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.
The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.
Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.
"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.
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Bottles of Gatorade Blue Bolt floating in a bath of Powerade Mountain Blast, 2013
I can’t tell if this is seriously art or if it’s just tongue in cheek sarcastic art or if it’s post-ironic ironic art, or ironic art, or literally just a joke and that is so not okay.
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I am working on it in full traditional materials (inkwash) and this is a comic I do to blow off steam. Please give it a look and perhaps follow and reblogs/likes!
loose plot: An ex-military gent is traveling to figure out how to get his crystal curse broken, and avoid the Witch who put it there in the first place. It’s a love letter to Princess Mononoke, JRPG’s, and LOTR. I am trying out new things with this one, so please check it out!
dream address: 4000 - 4155 - 5644
dream town of wayfield ❋
stripped to the bone in a matter of seconds
Commentary. A long time ago I posted a link here about the difficulty black men have with depression, suicide, and receiving treatment and I always wanted to do a strip about it. Recent events motivated me to find a way. Before drawing, I did research this topic and yes, black sufferers of depression have had this reaction from therapists. The third leading cause of death of young black men is suicide, the first is homicide (again, think recent events). The lives of young POC are grim and it’s very VERY important that we recognize this so that something can be done.
On the regretful front, I had a chance to do a more interesting character design for this character and I didn’t and he looks more like depressed character #3’s husband, I may have to redraw this strip because not drawing more diverse is not a cool thing to do by any means.
Yuru Kyara of the Day: Tagatan (たがたん), yuru kyara representing the city of Tagawa in Fukuoka Prefecture!
This is the self-proclaimed liberal newspaper of record. Would make Fox News blush.