Published on January 8, 2021
Bert Samuels (GP)
Kingston – Attorney Bert Samuels has been appointed to an international commission of inquiry into cases of victims of police violence, extrajudicial murders and mutilations of people of African descent, and entrenched structural racism in police practice in the United States.
In a statement Thursday, Samuels noted that the commission will also look into structural racism and bias in the United States’ criminal justice system.
“This investigative commission arose out of the murder of George Floyd by the police on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, United States,” he said.
“The families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and over 600 human rights groups petitioned the United Nations Human Rights Council last June for the appointment of a commission of inquiry to investigate the escalating situation of police violence and systemic racism against people of African descent in the United States” , he added.
Samuels was invited to serve as a member of the commission by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and the National Lawyers Guild.
This petition was denied by the United States and the United Nations refused to set up a commission of inquiry to focus on the United States.
Following this contradiction, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers decided to set up an international commission of inquiry made up of respected experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. (CMC)