Senior African UN officials condemn systemic racism in U.S.


Twenty-two senior United Nations officials have issued a joint statement condemning “pervasive and systemic racism” in the United States and beyond.

The officials, who are Africans or of African descent, urged authorities and the international community to “go beyond and do more” than just condemning the act.

Among the signatories are the Director-General, World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, and the Executive-Director, Joint UN AIDS Programme, Winnia Byanyima, the UN said in a report on Sunday.

The statement comes amid massive protests in major cities across the U.S. and around the against racism.

The protests were sparked by the death of an African American, George Floyd, after a white police officer knelt on his neck in the U.S. city of Minneapolis on May 25.

The UN officials’s position came a few days after the Secretary-General, António Guterres, said employees of the organisation were free to protest in private capacity.

Guterres’ clarification was…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria