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Statement by the UN expert group on Afro-descendants, following the #‎DallasPoliceKillings, and shootings of African-Americans #‎AltonSterling, and #‎PhilandoCastile: http://ow.ly/5Qvd3023sBB

“The Working Group is outraged and strongly condemns the new police killings of two African- American men. These killings which were captured on video cannot be ignored. We call for prompt independent investigations to ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.

We also condemn the attacks on police officers in Dallas and call for the perpetrators to be held accountable.

Excessive use of force by the police against African Americans in the United States is a regular occurrence. African Americans are reportedly shot at more than twice the rate of white people.

The Working Group is monitoring the situation and has repeatedly expressed its concern to the United States Government about police killings of African Americans and called for justice. The Working Group is convinced that the root of the problem lies in the lack of accountability for perpetrators of such killings despite the evidence.

The killings also demonstrate a high level of structural and institutional racism. The United States is far from recognizing the same rights for all its citizens. Existing measures to address racist crimes motivated by prejudice are insufficient and have failed to stop the killings.

It is time, now, for the US Government to strongly assert that Black lives matter and prevent any further killings as a matter of national priority.”

As highlighted by the experts in their January report (http://ow.ly/5k3j3022P4Z), US protocols on the use of force by law enforcement officials should be brought in line with the UN Basic Principles (http://ow.ly/Pwi23023qKS). Furthermore, the US only compiles data on the number of police officers killed in duty; the Working Group calls for the creation of a national database on victims of police violence. This database would establish crucial evidence for future accountability mechanisms—they expose the truth for all to know and lead to public discussions of who is responsible. It is key to justice, remedy to victims, and prosecution with proper punishment for perpetrators.