The pandemic and the protests triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man asphyxiated by a white policeman during his arrest, highlight the ” racial discrimination endemic in the United States, said on Tuesday the High Commissioner of the UN for human rights.
“This virus reveals inequalities endemic too long ignored,” said Michelle Bachelet in a press release.
“In the United States, the protests triggered by the death of George Floyd highlight not only the police violence against people of color, but also inequalities in health, education, employment and racial discrimination endemic “.
A week after the death of George Floyd, a black man of 46 years died after Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, hundreds of thousands of Americans are protesting against police brutality, racism and social inequalities, exacerbated by the crisis of the COVID-19.
President Donald Trump has promised to restore order in an America in the throes of a surge of anger history, threatening to deploy the army to stop the violence.
The issues of discrimination, combined with the inequality in the face of the COVID-19 ” occurs to varying degrees in many other countries “, said Michelle Bachelet.
“The statistics show a devastating impact of the COVID-19 on the populations of african origin, as well as on ethnic minorities in some countries, including Brazil, France, the United Kingdom and the United States,” according to her.
In the United States, the mortality rates for those with positive COVID-19 is twice as high among African-americans than in other communities, advance the ex-president of Chile.