December 9, 2020
The Inter-American Commission has granted our request for a hearing on Police Violence and Systemic Racism against Persons of African Descent in the Americas. The hearing took place December 9, 2020 at 4 pm ET in Spanish and Portuguese.
The purpose of the hearing was to present to the Commission the patterns and practices of
systemic racism by law enforcement against communities of African descent in our various
countries. During the hearing, we had the opportunity to provide testimony which the commission will use to issue observations and recommendations.
Read an excerpt of the joint press release below:
With the loss of the lives of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, João Pedro, Anderson Arboleda, Julian Mauricio Gonzalez, Emily and Rebeca Rodrigues dos Santos and many others, 2020 was defined by countless cases of police violence against Black people across the Americas. These attacks on people of African descent are nothing new; state perpetrated violence has been a part of the daily lives of people of African descent in the Americas since the days of slavery and colonization. Human rights organizations from countries throughout the Americas will denounce police violence against people of African descendants at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
The group, under the leadership of Black activists and organizations from throughout the Americas, will present testimony to the Commission on the use of racial profiling by the police, on the murders of unarmed Black people who pose no threat to anyone and the impunity enjoyed by law enforcement officers who commit extrajudicial killings. The organizations will also discuss the need for reparative policies and measures.
You may watch the previous IACHR Hearing on structural racism and police violence, held October 7, 2020, below: