One month ago, on 25 May, George Floyd was tortured and murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA. Mr. Floyd’s killing is yet another manifestation of the violence and horror that exists at the nexus of systemic racism and police brutality. It has also sparked worldwide anti-racism protests and reinvigorated a movement calling for profound reform and rethinking of law enforcement.
This week, to mark the International Day in support of victims of torture on 26 June, we wanted to dedicate this episode to the issue of systemic racism and police brutality, and to reflect on how these phenomena relate to torture and ill-treatment.
We know that discrimination is a root cause for torture, and that both systemic racism and torture are deployed to dehumanise their victim. Today more than ever, it is crucial for the global communities to take proactive and concrete actions to address both systemic racism and torture in-depth and dismantle the structures of oppression that breed violence and impunity.
We welcome three guests who will bring their extensive expertise and experience to this discussion, from international, national, and local perspectives.
In this episode you will also hear:
Note: The audio of Phineas Floyd addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council during the Urgent Debate on current violations of human rights that are based on racism, systemic racism, police brutality against persons of African descent and violence against peaceful demonstrations was recorded on 17 June 2020.