A United Nations panel that seeks to end racial discrimination has issued a strong condemnation over President Trump’s recent statements. Ironically, the nations who chose to condemn him are among the world’s worst human rights offenders.
The condemnation was issued by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and while it didn’t name President Trump specifically, it did condemn his comments on the Charlottesville attack. It denounced “the failure at the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject and condemn” racism and the violence that surrounded the Charlottesville protests.
Even though President Trump has repeatedly singled out white supremacists and the KKK for fostering the violence, the U.N. panel seems upset that he spread the blame around to include the ANTIFA protesters as well.
The New York Times – you know, that failing publication – has more on what the U.N. committee has said in a statement they released this morning.
In a two-page decision that was dated Aug. 18 but released on Wednesday, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination invoked “early action and urgent warning procedures” in deploring the violence and urging the United States to investigate.
This was the first time the committee had invoked the procedures — which allow it to comment on fast-moving events — since last year, when it condemned “reports of killings, summary executions, disappearances and torture, many of which appear to have an ethnic character,” in Burundi.
The committee called the Charlottesville violence, which took place mainly on Aug. 11 and 12, “horrifying” and said it was “alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by individuals belonging to groups of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred.”
The committee cited two victims by name: Heather D. Heyer, 32, who was killed when a driver plowed a car into a crowd, and Deandre Harris, 20, who was savagely beaten by white supremacists wielding poles.
The U.N. committee includes the United States as a member, but also includes some nations with a dubious history on human rights, who now want to lecture President Trump. They include Algeria, Russia, Guatemala, terrorist-supporter Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, Columbia, and China, the world’s leader in human rights oppression.
President Trump has yet to respond to the United Nations this morning. In the past, Trump has suggested the United States should not carry the burden of supporting the U.N., which has criticized both America and Israel far more often than countries like China, Russia, and nations in the Arab world.