Mike Pompeo accuses UN body of hypocrisy after condemnation of US police brutality

A file photo of Pompeo during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, US. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the United Nations Human Rights Council of hypocrisy on Saturday after the organization condemned racism and police brutality in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

Pompeo said the 47-member-state forum’s unanimous resolution on Friday on policing and race was a new low for the Council and reaffirmed the United States’ decision to withdraw from the organization in 2018.

“The United Nations Human Rights Council, now comprised of Venezuela and recently, Cuba and China, has long been and remains a haven for dictators and democracies that indulge them,” Pompeo said in a statement. “It is a grave disappointment to those genuinely seeking to advance human dignity.”

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (R) looks on next to a TV screen showing George Floyd's brother speaking via video message on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. (AFP)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (R) looks on next to a TV screen showing George Floyd's brother speaking via video message on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. (AFP)

The death of Floyd, a 46-year old Black man who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, has led to widespread demonstrations in the United States and across the globe against police brutality and racial injustice. Pompeo said the civil discourse was a sign of the United States’ democracy, strength and maturity.

“If the Council were serious about protecting human rights, there are plenty of legitimate needs for its attention, such as the systemic racial disparities in places like Cuba, China, and Iran,” he said.

“If the Council were honest, it would recognize the strengths of American democracy and urge authoritarian regimes around the world to model American democracy and to hold their nations to the same high standards of accountability and transparency that we Americans apply to ourselves.”

The resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council was brought by African countries. Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd had urged the Council to investigate US police brutality and racial discrimination.

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