Pompeo accuses U.N. body of hypocrisy after condemnation of U.S. police brutality
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last month.
Pompeo said Friday's 47-member police and race forum unanimous resolution was a new low for the council and reaffirmed the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization in 2018.
"The United Nations Human Rights Council, which now consists of Venezuela and, more recently, Cuba and China, has been and remains a haven for dictators and democracies who indulge in them," said Pompeo in a statement. "It is a serious disappointment for those who are really trying to promote human dignity."
The death of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, has seen widespread demonstrations against police brutality and race in the United States and around the world led injustice. Pompeo said the civil discourse was a sign of the democracy, strength and maturity of the United States.
"If the Council takes human rights protection seriously, there are many legitimate needs for its attention, such as the systemic racial differences in countries like Cuba, China and Iran," he said.
"If the Council were honest, it would recognize the strengths of American democracy and call on authoritarian regimes around the world to model American democracy and maintain its nations to the same high standards of accountability and transparency that we Americans have on ourselves apply."
The resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council was tabled by African countries. Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd had asked the council to investigate the brutality and racial discrimination of the US police.
(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; editorial by Diane Craft)
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