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Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner Bachelet – Report on Systemic Racism
July 12, 2021

Statement by the United States at the Human Rights Council

Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner Bachelet
Report on Systemic Racism

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
Human Rights Council – 47th Session

July 12, 2021

As Delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Ben Moeling

Thank you, Madame High Commissioner, for this insightful and forthright report which underscores that systemic racism demands a systemic response and calls for an agenda that promotes accountability and redress for victims.

The United States is addressing these challenges at home and abroad honestly and transparently by tackling the underlying issues of racial discrimination and the use of excessive force in policing.  This includes President Biden’s executive order to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities across the whole of government, as well as U.S. Department of Justice investigations into cases involving a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers, agencies, departments, and offices that violate Constitutional or federal rights.

With humility and introspection, we also say that racial inequality is a challenge faced by every State, including the United States, but together we can overcome it.  We all can, and must, do more.

We look forward to working with the international community to promote respect for human rights for all and encourage this Council to continue to address this critical issue.

Question: Madame High Commissioner, what can the international community do to elevate the voices of people of African descent in policy making?