The Committee is concerned that at the highest political level has not been a clear condemnation of racism
The UN Committee on the elimination of racial discrimination on Wednesday urged the United States to strongly condemn crimes motivated by racial hatred and hate speech after an incident in the shares of the extreme right in Charlotsville, Virginia, warning that otherwise violence could be repeated.
In its statement, the Committee noted “the lack of unequivocal condemnation of racial incidents at the highest political levels” in the United States.
The statement does not directly mention the U.S. President Donald trump has drawn sharp criticism with the comment about the fact that the clashes between the nationalists and their opponents both sides are to blame. In clashes killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, fell under the wheels of the car, which is associated with the nationalists, a man drove into a crowd.
The Committee’s statement is published in accordance with the procedures for “early warning and urgent response”, which is intended only for serious situations. Since 2003, these procedures were applied 20 times in relation to countries such as Burundi, Iraq, Israel and Guyana.
The Committee expresses “concern” about the fact that the US government did not condemn the demonstrations of a racist nature in the United States, and warns that the absence of such condemnation in the future could lead to “incitement of racial discourse and incidents”.
Trump, speaking on Tuesday at a meeting with voters in Arizona, once again defended its reaction to the events in Charlotsville, and also promised to close the government in order to achieve the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.
The UN Committee composed of 18 independent experts, said that if the suspects of fomenting unrest in Charlotsville are found guilty, the punishment should be commensurate with the seriousness of their crimes.
In the Committee’s view, the US government also needs to address “the root causes of the proliferation of such manifestations of racism and to explore the phenomenon of racial discrimination”.