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African countries confront UN over US racism, police brutality

AFRICAN countries are lobbying to set up a United Nations commission of inquiry into “systemic racism” and “police brutality” in the United States and other parts of the world, a draft resolution seen by Reuters shows.

The text, circulating among diplomats in Geneva but not yet formally presented, is to be considered at an urgent debate of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

The 47-member forum agreed on Tuesday to convene at the request of Burkina Faso on behalf of African countries after the death last month of George Floyd, an African American, in police custody in Minneapolis.

His death has ignited protests worldwide.

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