Professor Gabor Rona is a member of the legal team representing the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown and Philando Castile. The families have been working with the ACLU to demand a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to address police violence against Black Americans and violent repression of the ensuing demonstrations. In response to the demand presented by 600 organizations in 60 countries, the Council is debating the issue this week, including a video message from George Floyd's brother, Philonise and testimony from dozens of States and civil society organizations. Watch the entire debate.
Professor Rona said, "We are seeking the establishment of an international commission of inquiry. We are also consulting with the independent special rapporteurs and working groups of the Human Rights Council on their possible role and with a coalition of African academics and civil society representatives to engage the African Union on behalf of the African diaspora in the United States. All of these initiatives include specific recommendations for structural reform of policing in the United States and dovetail with our atrocity prevention work here at CLIHHR."