June 18, 2020

George Floyd’s Brother Calls On The United Nations To Investigate Brutality Against Black Americans

Philonise Floyd to the United Nations: “I am asking you to help us, black people in America.”

“When people dared to raise their voice and protest for my brother, they were tear-gassed, run over with police vehicles. Several people lost eyes and suffered brain damage to rubber bullets. Peaceful protesters were shot and killed by police. Journalists were beaten and blinded when they tried to show the world the brutality happening at the protests. When people raise their voices to protest the treatment of Black people in America, they are silenced. They are shot and killed.”

Philonise Floyd, Source: Democracynow.org
Photo: Philonise Floyd speaks via video to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, weeks after the killing of his brother George incited widespread protests against police brutality. U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet looks on behind her face mask.

According to the New York Times:

In an extraordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday, George Floyd’s brother made an urgent plea for the world body to create an independent commission to study the killing of black people by the police in the United States.

“You watched my brother die,” Philonise Floyd told the council via video. “That could have been me. I am my brother’s keeper. You in the U.N. are your brothers’ and sisters’ keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd.”

“I am asking you to help me,” he said. “I am asking you to help us, black people in America.”

The meeting of the council in Geneva was called by Burkina Faso, on behalf of 54 African countries. The council’s president, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, said the issue did not just pertain to the United States, but it was the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in policy custody on May 25 that galvanized a global movement to address systemic racism and abuse of power by the police.”