Press Statement by Spokesperson for Korea Association for Human Rights Studies

An incident occurred in the United States on May 25 where a white police officer killed a black man by pressing a knee against his neck.

Killing and mass imprisonment of Afro-Americans by the police in the U.S. are live evidence of contemporary brand of racial extermination policy.

Chair of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent of the UN Human Rights Council, through the statement issued as early as in July 2016, clearly termed the act of murdering black people by the police in the U.S. a “manifestation of institutional racism.”

According to the data released by the Amnesty International, at least 500-odd people were killed by electric gun of police from 2001 to February 2012 and 90% of them were reportedly defenseless with empty hands.

The racial discrimination in the U.S. constitutes the world’s hottest human rights issue, as it is a wanton violation of the internationally acknowledged conventions on human rights including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

The U.S. is encouraging in every way the acts of racial discrimination such as mass imprisonment, residential segregation, educational discrimination and deprivation of political rights for the people of color and the minorities behind the curtain of all hues of plausible federal laws including “Civil Rights Act”, “Voting Rights Act” and “Fair Housing Act.”

The Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association under the UN Human Rights Council visited the U.S. in July 2016 and condemned that the U.S. racial discrimination and persecution by confining the black people and people of other color into the certain restricted areas are causing an adverse effect on the rights to freedom of assembly and of association.

According to a report issued by the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent of the UN Human Rights Council, 40.4 % out of the homeless Americans are Afro-Americans, and their unemployment rate is two times that of the nationwide unemployment rate. And as for the rate of imprisonment sentenced on the charge of same crime, black men of African descent are 5.9 times higher than white men, and black women of African descent are 2.1 times that of white women.

Racial discrimination and human rights violation in the U.S. are becoming incurable chronic social illness because of its institutional defects.

This being the stark reality, the U.S. is disgustingly behaving as if it is a “human rights judge” by taking an issue of so-called “human rights” of other countries whenever it pleases.

The international society clearly remembers how the U.S. and other Western countries made a scene at the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council by having taken up the non-existent “human rights” issues of the DPRK and other independent countries against imperialism.

We are following to see whether the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council including the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance would react to the racial discrimination practices of the U.S. with rigorous approach and righteous standpoint.

The U.S. has long lost its moral right to take up the human rights issues of other countries.

Pyongyang, June 5, Juche 109(2020)