Following the killings happening in the United States involving police officers killing black people, the United Nations' Human Right Council released a statement and slammed the United States for its human rights record. One controversy that has been tackled in the statement was the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility who still continues death penalty unto this day. Members of the United Nations criticized the violence and racial discrimination that has been deeply rooted in the culture of the country despite its efforts to eradicate them. It has been recommended that the US strengthen their legislation into being more sensitive and concerned of human rights and be able to eliminate racism and police violence.
Alba Morales, who investigated the U.S. criminal justice system at Human Rights Watch said: "I'm not surprised that the world's eyes are focused on police issues in the U.S.,"
"There is an international spotlight that's been shown [on the issues], in large part due to the events in Ferguson and the disproportionate police response to even peaceful protesters," she added.
On the other hand, James Cadogan, a senior counselor to the U.S. assistant attorney general, told delegates gathered in Geneva, "The tragic deaths of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Ohio and Walter Scott in South Carolina have renewed a long-standing and critical national debate about the even-handed administration of justice. These events challenge us to do better and to work harder for progress — through both dialogue and action."
Meanwhile, outgoing President Barrack Obama is yet to react in this issue.
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