Yes This Happened - The United Nations is asking the United States to examine their own Human Rights Record – specifically in light of the Trayvon Martin Case.
Tumblr Was All Abuzz with the news early today -
United Nations, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) – The United Nations is urging the United States to examine its discriminatory laws against the African-American population in that country and review the case of Trayvon Martin, murdered in Florida.
The UN is demanding a swift conclusion to an analysis of the trial that ended up absolving the self-styled security guard George Zimmerman in his cold-blooded murder of the 17 year-old Martin in February, 2012.
The appeal was lodged in Geneva by Verene Shepherd, head of the UN working group dedicated to African descendants, and UN Special Narrator Regarding Racism, Mutuma Ruteere.
“We have asked the US government to guarantee that its laws correspond with international legal obligations,” emphasized the specialists of this world body.
They also recalled that United States is a signatory to the international conventions on civil and political rights as well as the elimination of racial discrimination and other related agreements.
They also stressed that the case of Martin proved that African-Americans in the US face increased racial discrimination.
another link also.
Very good news!!
**FINGERS CROSSED THAT THIS PLEA RESULTS IN SOME JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY***
i’m not sure why anyone is getting their hopes up. america does what the fuck they want.
This is how it went down in the press -
3 September 2013 – A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of the United States to finalize the ongoing review of the case involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, an African –American teenager who was shot in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in the state of Florida.
“We call upon the US Government to examine its laws that could have discriminatory impact on African Americans, and to ensure that such laws are in full compliance with the country’s international legal obligations and relevant standards,” said human rights expert Verene Shepherd, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent.
The death of Trayvon Martin sparked a new debate about racial profiling in the United States after the unarmed black 17-year-old was shot and killed in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watchman. Mr. Zimmerman, who argued that he acted in self-defence and with justifiable use of deadly force, was found not guilty of all charges against him.
The US Department of Justice, the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently evaluating the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial, trying to establish potential civil rights charges linked to the case.
“The Trayvon Martin case has highlighted the importance of the need to review those existing laws and policies that can have a discriminatory effect on the basis of race, as African Americans become more vulnerable to such discrimination,” Ms. Shepherd said, recalling that the US has been party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights since 1992, the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination since 1994, and many other international human rights law treaties.
“States are required to take effective measures to review governmental, national and local policies, and to amend, rescind or nullify any laws and regulations which have the effect of creating or perpetuating racial discrimination wherever it exists,” said the Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere.
According to the 2011 US Department of Justice Hate Crime Statistics, 71.9 per cent of the total number of victims of hate crimes reported to the nation’s law enforcement agencies were victims of an offender’s anti-black bias. In a 2012 survey, the local non-governmental organization Malcolm X Grassroots Movement found that at least 136 unarmed African Americans were killed by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes over the course of a single year.
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The fact that America does what the fuck it wants is exactly right
The statistics bear witness to the sentencing disparities. Americas’ moral judgement meter is on absolute broken because even the UN can see it.
United States citizens sat and watched this past week as the President took his time out to make the case for bombing Syria; yet even comedians have spoken to his silence on the war like violence going on in the city where his home actually is – Chicago.
When watching all of this play out, we’ve sat with all the mothers across the world and thought how difficult it must be to have to decide if someone was to be killed; even by using a long range drone attack. Just bearing the pain on the soul from deciding to Kill another Person should be enough to make one decide against it.
“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”
Yet we see President Obama doing nothing about American Violence in Chicago and other urban cities; while he spends his time contemplating interfering in another sovereign nations’ own civil war. Is he really looking for the Lords Blessing and remembering that All Men Were Created By GOD Equally ?
He hasn’t done it in African conflicts, so why is he interested in stopping the Syrian civil war ? Why has he basically ignored the violence in Nigeria, Congo and even Sudan ?
The US claims to want to support legitimate heads of state, and reestablish harmony in friendly national economies. Yet we see nothing even being done to assist any of these governments in their quest to establish harmony for their citizens. This is one of the problems areas, everyone sees. Yet the US seems to not see any of it.
Why is not a question we want to ponder but we’ll accept the general answer we’ve seen splashed across the media globally – America is a Bully. Could this really be the case ?
“George Orwell’s 1948 vision of the world of 1984 (or thereabouts, since the inhabitants of his novel of that title were unsure just what year they were living in). When the revelations of NSA contractor Edward Snowden began to hit the news and we suddenly found ourselves knee-deep in stories about Prism, XKeyscore, and other Big Brother-ish programs that make up the massive global surveillance network the National Security Agency has been building, I had a brilliant idea — reread 1984.”
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Well we wonder since apparently everyone else has forgotten that America is still under a state of Emergency – for the past 12 years – YES – Dig This recent chat on Tumblr which originated at Whitehouse.Gov. Yes the Whitehouse threw this dirt out the window this week. We give you this – for those who had forgotten about the “jayce wata”
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. Consistent with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register the enclosed notice, stating that the emergency declared in Proclamation 7463 with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, is to continue in effect for an additional year.
The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2013, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.
This says a lot.
Fascinating—and very strange. For an emergency, it certainly doesn’t feel very immediate.
this is what allows them to keep the patriot act nonsense going. this is also what gave them the nutz to institute that whole Prizm scam and the NSA releasing all it’s info to the DEA. Talk about a convoluted web they’re woven.
We believe that the United Nations is trying to gently put this as the case by reminding the US about it’s internal politics; while it observes the US trying to again meddle in the affairs of another UN member nation – Syria.
Today we ask you to consider Why – Why would Mr Obama ask Congress to Renew the Emergency Order if there was not a need to continue using extreme and unnecessary force against America ?
When President Obama hopefully went to church today, he may have heard about the problems going on all across the nation in Urban and Suburban US communities.
Let me educate you before you continue to post filth. Let’s start simple. 91% of welfare benefits go to the elderly, handicapped, and underemployed.
The average family in poverty buys junk food because it is a fraction of the cost of healthy food, is usually non-perishable, quick to eat, and filling.
The amount of people on welfare with “more children than they can afford” is a myth-the average amount of children in TANF households is 1.9-the average number of children in households in the U.S. is 1.86-no one would argue a .04 difference is significant.
The fact that you would condone forced sterilization is beyond me. Perhaps you need to read The Giver or watch The Hunger Games.
The unemployment rate as of today is 7.6%. 4.1% of the population is currently on Welfare.
There is a 1% difference between Caucasian and African Americans on Welfare.
The vast majority of Medicaid and health welfare is sick children, the handicapped, and the elderly.
Numerous state studies have proven that the cost of drug and alcohol testing on welfare is several times more expensive than the amount of people on welfare that are users, which is an extremely low percentage-In AZ it was 1 in 87,000 people between 2009 and 2012. In FL less than 2.7% of recipients tested positive, and that’s not excluding false positives. The cost of testing was more than the cost saved in both states.
The implication that tattooed and pierced individuals are all on welfare is idiotic, but I won’t be designing anyone any tattoos that posts this rubbish.
Welfare fraud on the TV/XBox/Car scale is actually extremely low on the national level (less than 3%), but changes by state, along with the vast majority of welfare benefits.
The kind of government housing you’re suggesting is exactly the same as what the poor house was but if that makes you feel awesome, I hope you end up living in it. Numerous studies have found that people with property they can be proud of, show more pride in their communities and have less crime rate.
Government jobs would be wonderful-except, you know, they can’t even keep the post office running.
1 in 4 children will go hungry today in America. 1 in 6 adults will. And it’s because of people who post crap like this that they don’t get the help they need.
An outstanding response to this hateful ignorance.
Finally someone actually unloads on this ignorance and poverty filth clique.
Mr Obama did you hear that middle America has some extreme problems right now. ? Some areas are plagued with flooding so deadly the Red Cross is calling for emergency location measures for the more than 500 missing.
Mr President Maybe you could get Mr. Casey to use the NSA Database to actually help locate the missing - instead of just spying on them.
We’re hearing about the Fires raging in the parched and dry western parts of the US. Firefighters trapped and undermanned due to the sequestration cuts of congress; some say because they simply do not like the president.
On the September 6th edition of Premiere Radio Network’s The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh compares poor children getting free meals in school to family pets.
This man is a well regarded voice of a major political party in America. If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about this party’s priorities and dubious grasp on humanity, I don’t know what else you need.
Mr. Obama have you even heard that SNAP Benefits are being cut right now ?
Did Mrs Obama tell you her latest campaign is to have people Drink Water. But How ? We wonder how you expect folks to eat healthy and grow if they can’t get good food to eat ? the GOP’s Spokesmouth Rush Limeball says poor people are pets of the government; even though they pay taxes.
Mr President Sir we’re all wondering How can you sit by and hear this and not respond ?
“Regressive,” “immoral,” and “pitiful?” Yep, that pretty much describes today’s Republican Party in a nutshell. And although Barber points out that the vile new material on Civitas’ site is designed to distract from the conversation, Barber vows “we’re not going to stop talking about” the North Carolina GOP’s agenda, which includes the 13 items on this list [all items quoted from Barber's video]:
- How they killed the Earned Income Tax Credit, and raised taxes on 900,000 poor people.
- How they’re trying to rewrite the tax code to cut corporate tax and personal income tax that will benefit 5% of North Carolinians so they can raise taxes on 95% of North Carolinians.
- How they pushed 70,000 people off unemployment who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
- How they’re robbing our desperate local economies of much-needed infusion of cash.
- How they denied $8 billion of our tax dollars to 500,000 North Carolinian black, white, Latino, Republican, Democrat, disabled, children and women, our most vulnerable citizens …
- The fact that they reauthorized Medicaid in the budget, but now they’re denying Medicaid expansion, [and] they’re actually going to cost tax payers more.
- How they’re inviting corporations to play fracking for dollars with our ground water.
- How they’re dismantling our public schools, defunding public schools in order to hand them over to private companies.
- How they’re attacking the cornerstone of our Democracy, which is voting.
- How they’re allowing racism to exist unchecked in our judicial system.
- How [they're] going to sell judgeships to the highest bidder.
- How they’re infringing on the rights of local governors to govern themselves.
- How they have passed more than 20 bills written by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council
Today we are all scratching out heads asking how could the President actually sit by and see all this happening and nah do nutt’n? He campaigned on a platform of Change. Where is that Change Sir ?
EEEhhh My Prezzy Your Jamaicans are asking is your belly too full to holla ?
A GOP plan would yank federal food help from some 6 million people. Meanwhile, 49 million Americans live in households that have trouble putting meals on the table.
GIGANTIC, MASSIVE EYE ROLL OF THE DAY.
Maybe today the President may be hearing about the case of the young man who’s kidneys are failing and who could die at any moment; even though he is actually on the kidney transplant registry.
He may hear that this young man will die because he is a Black Teenager who’s previous life history has included a minor brush with law enforcement. not jail; but just enough to prevent him from being eligible to receive a kidney he so badly needs.
How could the President not be wondering why this young black man has to be doomed to die; yet a white man on Deathrow can receive an organ to continue living ?
We wonder does he even realize that a middle aged White Man who was convicted of Murder and is On Death Row was given a kidney – yet this young Black Man has to receive the death sentence for being seen with a marijuana joint ?
We wonder if he’s heard about the woman who is being held in jail for defending her own life against her court documented attacker; in her own home ? We know he couldn’t help but hear about Marissa Alexander because her name was thrown up in comparison with the case of George Zimmerman.
How could he not be thinking about how he could help her ?
We wonder what if the President hears about anything outside of the large picture ?Has the President been screened out of the facts of whats’ really going on Inside America Today ?
It’s becoming a guessing game that makes one wonder. How can a man be elected the leader of a nation but seem to have no control over any issues except where the drones go ?
Mr Obama do you ever drop by and check on the welfare of your citizens who are slowly being murdered by poison gas in Port Arthur Texas – you know the ones who live next door to one of America’s worst chemical polluters ?
In 1952, Port Arthur’s white town fathers took public housing dollars from Washington and erected these apartments directly on the refineries’ fence. They followed up soon thereafter by building two more projects. Within five years, roughly a third of West Port Arthur’s 1,500 households were in public housing, and there were only seven white families in the whole community.
To this day, it remains roughly 95 percent African American. And as West Port Arthur’s enormous refineries have spewed forth benzene, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and other pollutants—permitted or unpermitted—for more than six decades, the effects of these emissions, then, have been experienced disproportionately by African Americans.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory places Jefferson County among the very worst in the nation for air releases of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive disorders. In a state that regularly records in excess of 2,500 toxic emissions events per year, Port Arthur is near the top of the list of offending cities.
Tell Us America isn’t it time the voices of the citizens became a chorus for change ? Yes Mr Obama, Change – which was your very campaign slogan. America wants Change. Real Change.
Maybe the combined choir of the United Nations was needed to sing above the death nell of Congress, The Senate and Your Bunkermates; but now that you’ve heard – America wants to know What Are You Going to Do About It ?
Mr Obama Why don’t you book some time with the nation and tell us all about that okay?