In the wake of the heinous attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released a statement calling on the United States to “investigate the hate crimes” and take “urgent measures” for gun control.
The statement was released by group chairperson Mireille Fanon Mendes-France. It “denounced” the June 17 attack by saying, “We utterly condemn the appalling attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, this week and the killing of nine African Americans.” They also “welcome the prompt action by the authorities to investigate this hate crime.” The UN experts underscored that “every effort must be made to ensure the person guilty of this act is prosecuted and punished accordingly.”
The focus then turned to gun control, with the UN experts saying that “urgent measures must be taken to prevent gun violence.” The experts did not elaborate on what new measures, laws, or regulations they would like to see instituted.
They also called for a new focus against “racist crimes motivated by prejudice that affect the security of Afro-Americans, their communities and society as a whole.”
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